North Carolina Owner Operator Jobs

North Carolina can be a state with numerous job and training opportunities for owner-operators. As an owner-operator, you may work as an independent contractor through a trucking firm or you may work completely independently. Either way, you must put in the time and effort to own and maintain your own truck while creating a work schedule. This hard work can lead to career success if you want to own your own business, have greater control over your income, and create a long-lasting business asset. Learn more about what you need to do to become an owner-operator in North Carolina.

In general, the job outlook for truck drivers is positive. This may help you find a company to contract with or help you find clients. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net expects job openings for truck drivers to increase by 11%.

In many cases, trucking salaries in North Carolina are in line with the national average. O*Net reports an average salary of $37,500 per year for tractor-trailer drivers. As an owner-operator, your salary may be significantly different. You may need to include vehicle insurance, taxes, and business insurance in your budget as you decide on your work schedule. Increased exposure and experience may have a positive impact on your income.

Featured North Carolina Trucking Jobs
Vacation Pay, $1,000 per week MINIMUM Guaranteed pay for 1st 4 weeks, 401k/profit sharing plan, Medical, dental, and vision insurance, Flights/Car Rental, Single rooms and all meals at Orientation covered
Vacation Pay, New Upside Pay program: 23 percent or CPM - whatever earns YOU more!, 401k/profit sharing plan, Medical, dental, and vision insurance, Flights/Car Rental, Single rooms and all meals at Orientation covered
Weekly Pay, Flexible Home Time, Paid Vacation, Health Benefits, Bonus Incentives
Lease Purchase Drivers earn six figure pay, No forced dispatch, Consistent home time, $0 money down and no credit check!
$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!
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
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay

The very first step to becoming an owner-operator is getting your commercial driver's license. The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers Class A, Class B, and Class C driver's licenses. If you have the time to earn a Class A license, it may be the most helpful option. With a Class A license, you can drive multiple-trailer vehicles and transport heavier loads.

Trucking schools in North Carolina can prepare you for CDL licensure. In class, you can learn about various driving techniques, including backing, parking, navigating roundabouts, and inspecting your vehicle. In addition, you must have a strong understanding of North Carolina driving laws and standards. Once you've met these requirements, you can apply for your license through the DOT.

After you are a licensed commercial driver, you can become a licensed business owner! Business Link North Carolina is the government entity that can help you with business licensing. It's likely that you'll need to apply for a license, obtain business insurance, obtain vehicle insurance, and give proof of your licensure and insurance to the government. With your CDL and your business license, you can begin your career!