Michigan Trucking Jobs - Owner Operators

Owner Operator Jobs in Michigan


To work as an owner operator in Michigan, you will need a commercial driver's license and a truck. at the bare minimum. The truck you buy will greatly depend on the industry you want to drive for. Michigan offers many industries, including general trucking, forestry, food manufacturing, gas and oil and many others.

After becoming established in your trucking career, you may wonder how you can take the next step, boost your earning potential, and take on more responsibility. In the state of Michigan, where many companies need drivers who are willing to drive different routes, you may want to become an owner-operator.


Whether you're a new owner-operator or just looking to add more work to your schedule, scroll down and start applying for owner-operator trucking jobs in Michigan.

As an owner operator in Michigan, you will be responsible for quite a bit that would otherwise be the responsibility of your employer, such as:

  • DOT records
  • Fuel costs
  • Truck maintenance
  • Dispatch records

Once you decide which industry you'd like to work in, you can shop for the truck with the right features. For example, if you wish to drive in the food and beverage industry, you will likely need a refrigerated trailer. However, in the forestry industry, you will need an open bed truck.

The truck you have will also determine the type of CDL you get. Different classes allow for different weights and trailers. You may also need additional endorsements, such as HAZMAT or tanker.

Working as an owner-operator may allow you to benefit more from the good job outlook in this industry and the earning potential in Michigan. Tractor-trailer drivers in Michigan earn an average salary of $37,500 per year (O*Net, 2014). The demand for tractor-trailer drivers may swell 11% between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2012).

Consider your options, explore the industries, and then pursue the various owner operator jobs in Michigan.

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