5 Largest Owner-Operator Expenses

Phil Cohen

Expenses for an Owner-Operator

Are you an owner-operator, or are you looking to become a truck driver? If so, you have a lot on your plate– not only do you have to work long hours on the road, but you also have to be the administrator of a small company. You have to balance work and keeping up with your finances at the same time. So what exactly are the expenses of running your own, owner-operator style trucking company? Check out the top five owner-operator expenses below.

1. Gas

When owner-operators drive as many as 110,000 miles per year in a machine that (at best) gets 8 miles per gallon, the cost of gas really adds up. Fuel is the single biggest expense in an owner-operator’s per-mile expenses, averaging around 44.5 cents/mile.

2. Truck & Trailer

Obviously, you’re going to need a truck and a trailer in order to work as an owner-operator (and that is no cheap investment). If you opt to purchase both used, you will generally have to spend nearly $37,500. In an average first-year owner-operator’s cost sheet, that works out to about 34.1 cents per mile spent on the truck and trailer purchase.

3. Maintenance/Repair

Trucks break down, trucks need maintenance– and all of those repairs cost you, on average, around $14,000 in order to keep your rig running. Of course, you can save yourself some money by performing some of the repairs yourself.

4. Insurance, Licensing & Fees

CDL, EIN, UCR, IRP, LLC… we could go on listing more three-letter acronyms for quite a while. The point is, starting your own owner-operator style company requires that you go through a lot of red tapes, and many of the permits and licensing that you need require a fee.

5. Tires

Tires are pricey– around $500 apiece on average. Keeping your rig riding on fresh tires is expensive. Save yourself some wear (and money) by regularly checking your tire pressure.

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Phil Cohen

Phil is the owner of PRN Funding and sister company Factor Finders. He has been an authority in the factoring industry for over 20 years, serving on the board of directors for several factoring associations.


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