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Owner-Operator Trucking  Facts

Owner-Operator Trucking Facts

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There are currently 3.9 million commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders actively driving in commerce within the United States. These men and women represent the driving force behind the U.S. economy, delivering 70 percent of all freight worth $11.7 trillion while collecting $726.4 billion in gross revenue.

In 2015, trucking carried approximately 10.9 billion tons of freight worth $11.7 trillion.

  • 33.8 million trucks across all classes
  • 1 through 8 (i.e., light-, medium-, and heavy-trucks)5
  • Owner-Operators primarily operate Class 8 Trucks (33,001 pounds and greater).
  • There were approximately 3.63 million registered Class 8 Trucks in 2016.Freightliner – 37.5%Peterbilt – 15.9%Kenworth – 15.3%International – 11.4%Volvo – 8.9%Mack – 8.3%Western Star – 2.7%6
  • There were 7.4 million people employed in trucking-related jobs in 2015.
  • Owner-Operators averaged net income is $50,000+.
  • 4% of Owner-operators are women.
  • Minority owner-operators are around 17%.M
  • The typical owner-operator has accumulated approximately 2.6 million miles of driving during their career, most of which was without a Department of Transportation reportable accident resulting in 47.7 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, or almost 3.5 times below the national crash rate for the overall trucking industry.
  • 35% of all owner-operators served in the military. T
  • While van trailers are the most common trailer pulled, the majority of owner-operators pull flatbed or reefer trailers.T
  • There are approximately 350,000 to 400,000 owner-operators.

Source: OOIDA,

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