Rhode Island Owner Operator Jobs

You may be just taking the first steps in your truck driving career or you may be looking for a way to take your trucking career to the next level. Whichever group you fall into, becoming an owner-operator may be the next logical step for you. Owner-operators own their trucks, set their routes, bring in clients, and perform the tasks of business management. As an owner-operator in Rhode Island, you can have the benefits of business ownership.

Becoming an owner-operator may make your job outlook, job path, and salary potential much different from that of a company driver. This is because owner-operators are reliant on their own hard work, their ability to retain clients, and their choice of market. Choosing an in-demand area and putting in long hours to make your business viable may increase your chances of success.

The salary you earn depends on what type of truck you drive and what type of hauls you make. O*Net reports that light truck drivers in Rhode Island earn an average of $34,700 per year, which is over $5,000 above the national average. Their estimates indicate that heavy truck drivers bring in an average of $41,500 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Featured Rhode Island Trucking Jobs
Lease Purchase Drivers earn six figure pay, No forced dispatch, Consistent home time, $0 money down and no credit check!
Guaranteed Weekly Pay, Up to $95,000 Annually Per Driver!, $10,000 sign-on bonus!, Mileage, safety, and referral bonus opportunities
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 $95K 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
Averaging 2,500 - 3,000 miles per week., Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits, No flatbed experience required!, $5,000 Sign-on/Retention Bonus
$5,000 Sign-on Bonus, Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits
Up to $8,000 in tuition reimbursement, Affordable medical, dental, & life insurance, Pay increase every month your first year
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
$3,000 OTR Transition Bonus, Regional and Local Positions, CPM Increase for OTR Positions, Dedicated Routes

There are two steps to becoming a working owner-operator in Rhode Island. The first involves getting your commercial driver's license. This part of the process goes through the State of Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. Though they do not technically require you to complete any driving training, you must be able to pass a written test and a skills test before you get a license.

You may get the skills you need at a local driving school. Class A, Class B, and Class C licenses are available. Between classroom and practical driving hours, you may spend up to 12 weeks in class. Once you have finished all aspects of your training, you can go to the Division of Motor Vehicles and apply for your license. After passing a written test and a skills test, you will receive your CDL.

Once you have met this step, you can go to the State of Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation to get your business license. You may need to meet a range of requirements, including vehicle insurance, business insurance, and business licensure paperwork. Once you have a valid business license, you can begin working as an owner-operator in this state.