Missouri Owner Operator Jobs

Are you looking for a way to combine your interest in business ownership and your interest in the trucking industry? It may be time to look into what it means to be an owner-operator. As the name suggests, owner-operators maintain ownership of their truck and continue to operate as truck drivers. While there may be upfront costs associated with becoming an owner-operator, you may enjoy more freedom in your career and a greater earning potential. Like most other states, Missouri requires owner-operators to keep a commercial driver's license and get a business license.

Thanks to the great job outlook in Missouri, you may have many opportunities as an owner-operator. If trucking companies have lots of job openings and a longer turnaround times for routes, clients may go elsewhere for their trucking needs. Per O*Net, the need for truck drivers may increase by 12% between 2010 and 2020.

While the average salary for a truck driver is $38,600 per year, being an owner-operator may give you a different salary range. Particularly in the early years of your business, your income may be lower than that of other truck drivers. As you gain a reputation and get more regular clients, your salary may steadily increase. Furthermore, as you learn how to minimize your business expenses, you may be able to take more of a salary. Your client list may include wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, and shipping companies. It's important to remember that customer satisfaction can make or break your business.

Featured Missouri Trucking Jobs
Lease Purchase Drivers earn six figure pay, No forced dispatch, Consistent home time, $0 money down and no credit check!
5K SIGN-ON BONUS!, Opportunity to earn up to $85,000 annually!, Home weekly (or more!), Solo, dedicated route, Great benefits and local support, Guaranteed weekly pay
$1,000 Sign-on Bonus Available!, Home every other day!, Dedicated run with consistent routes, Great comprehensive benefits
Premade teams consistently run up to 4,500 weekly!, Earn an average of $1,300-$1,400 weekly per team member!, Competitive benefits package, Mileage, safety, and referral bonus opportunities, Sign-on bonus included
Up to $8,000 in tuition reimbursement, Recently doubled paid layover & detention pay, Great benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, & 401k, Guaranteed home time; one day off earned for every week out
$2,000 Sign-On Bonus Available!, $1,450 Average Weekly Pay!, Consistent, Dependable Hometime , Same Rate of Pay for Empty and Loaded Miles, Top Earners Make Up To $86K Annually!, 100% Paid Medical Premium
$4,000 Sign-On Bonus for 1 Year Flatbed Experience! , $2,000 Sign-On Bonus for All Other Experience!, Paid Weekly, Consistent Miles Each Week, No flatbed experience? No problem! Flatbed training is available at orientation!
Guaranteed $1,250 a week, $.50 CPM, Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, 2014 and Newer Equipment, Midwest Lanes
Sign On Bonuses vary by job and range from $2,000-$5,000!, Life Insurance, Disability and 401k - Plus Company Match , Paid Vacation, Family Owned, Driver Focused , Heath, Dental, and Vision Insurance, In Cab Internet Access
Make Up to $.53 CPM, Average up to 3,000 miles per week on our flatbed fleet!, Minimal loading, Consistent lanes, Paid VIP Orientation
Be a Name, Not a Number! Join a family company and receive high pay, great miles & home time, and the respect & recognition you deserve!
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
Weekly Pay, Home Every Night, Local Driver, Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, 401K
Local customer deliveries/Home every night , Weekly Pay/Direct Deposit , Consistent Days/Hours, Holiday Pay , Great Insurance, 401k

You have to go through several steps to legally work as an owner-operator. Of course, the first step is getting your commercial driver's license. The Missouri Department of Revenue does not have a training requirement, so you can choose a training course that fits your schedule and educational needs. Most programs last from two to six weeks. Your education will likely include a classroom component and a hands-on component. Once you have your classroom training complete, you can take your written exam at the Department of Revenue. At that point, you can get your learner's permit and practice driving. You may get your license once you finish your behind-the-wheel hours.

Now that you've met the driving licensing requirement, you have to license your business. The Missouri Business Portal has business registration resources. This resource can help you get the proper tax forms filed, the right insurance, and the licenses you need.