Once you finish driving, your
responsibilities are over and you can
leave the truck terminal.
Fleet companies may pay for lengthy
training, allowing you to earn money
while you learn.
Enjoy your paycheck — you are not
responsible for fixing or upgrading
The company sets routes and
deadlines, so you may be on the road
as much or more than you’re off it.
Fleets pay by mileage; you are not paid
for time spent waiting in terminals or
taking breaks. This means taking longer
trips to earn more money.
Without an investment in a truck, you’re
free to switch companies or leave truck
When you enter a rig driven by another
driver, you have to clean it and inspect it
on your shift.
If you want them, you must buy and
bring your own seat covers, food and
If you want to earn a paycheck without
investing your own money, driving for
a fleet is a good option. You may work
longer hours and make less than an
owner operator, but it’s still a good job —
and probably the best way to begin any
You are responsible for everything:
driving, fixing your rig and performing
In addition to truck driving, you must
learn how to book jobs and negotiate
You pay for repairs and upgrades, but
owner operators usually earn more than
You choose your own schedule, so you
can take time off and avoid working
nights and weekends.
Negotiating your own rates means you’re
paid for waiting and load times plus
mileage. Overall pay for owner operators
exceeds that of fleet drivers
Changing careers requires that you pay
everything off and you find a buyer for
You’re the only one driving your truck, so
you don’t have to worry about this at all.
You can upgrade the seats and climate
control system. You can even bring
passengers with you.
Those who plan to make driving a long-
term career will likely choose this option
somewhere down the road. Being an
owner operator offers more freedom
and the opportunity to earn a better
paycheck compared to fleet driving.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) projects
trucking freight volume growth of 3.4% for 2018 – 2023, and another
2.3% for 2024 – 2028, which means more jobs for truckers.
WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?