Iowa Trucking Jobs - Owner Operators

Owner Operator Jobs in Iowa


If you live in Iowa, you likely know that many of its major industries rely on truck driving, including manufacturing and agriculture. Becoming an owner-operator may give you the chance to secure your own Iowa clients and take on contract work from local truck driving companies.

Curious about what you can do as an owner-operator? Apply for Iowa owner-operator jobs below to find out.

When you look into owner operator jobs in Iowa, you have to consider a variety of things. You will need to look at the many industries as well as what you will need to conduct the job on a daily basis. There are many responsibilities that you must take on to be an owner operator, though it can result in higher pay, making it worth it.

As an owner operator in Iowa, you will have to endure driving in the winter, which can often mean snow. You will need to equip your truck with snow tires or chains, as the locations require. Depending upon the weather, you will need to know different routes to ensure you can meet your deadlines, despite the bad road conditions.

Many industries are out there for owner operators in Iowa. You may be able to get into the logging industry, general trucking, food and beverage and many others. The industry will dictate the truck you need to own. It may need a flatbed trailer, a refrigerated trailer or some other feature.

You will also be responsible for managing all aspects of the day to day. This includes:

  • Truck maintenance
  • Fuel records
  • Delivery routes
  • DOT recordkeeping

The state of Iowa will require you to submit DOT records on a monthly basis. This will prove that you are following requirements and not exceeding the number of hours behind the wheel within a seven-day period.

Across Iowa, anticipated growth in the truck driving industry far exceeds the national average. For the decade from 2012 to 2022, O*Net has predicted a 19% jump in trucking jobs. This statistic is 8% above the national average (O*Net, 2012). Salaries reported in this state are fairly similar to those in other Midwestern states, as the average salary for an Iowa tractor-trailer driver is $40,800 per year (O*Net, 2014).

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