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The Glassdoor.com average salary for an owner operator at Landstar System is $81,162 per year.
Landstar System only hires owner operators and offers them the following benefits:
Getting started is slow at first, but once you get going it's about the best you can do anywhere. They let you be your own business without micromanaging what you do and yes you do have to wait to get a trailer out of orientation but they will pay you to go get that trailer. They are good about working with everyone. You truly have freedom here to make money.
Accept only direct agent freight and you will do fine. Home when you want, no one tells you what to do but load something, keep moving.
Pay is ok just depends on what the load is paying. Some agents are very good and will work with you if a problem accurs. And some agents don’t even care about anything once you take a load . Don’t expect corporate to handle any problems that might come about they will not do anything to help but just make it worse. Landstar does not care about the BCO’s at all just there 35% off the top of the load and trust me they will stick there fingers in every amount of money they can .
Thought landstar was a pretty good place to be in the beginning but what became clear ss that All Landstar is concerned about is their 35%. Customer service is pathetic..no other way to describe it. Brokers can screw you however they want...detention, truck ordered not delivered, cancel a load by text message while you are in route to pick up, change payrates, list goes on. Broker may tell you that the load is available and then when you say you are a BCO they say "they need to check to see if the load is avaiable". Of course, they can pocket more for themselves if they use non BCO carriers. If you go to Landstar build your agent relationships and stick with them but you will make less money that way.
Ability to make money is there, choose and book your own loads. Beware that they cancel leases daily for even the most minor issue. Corporate will not treat you fairly.
Well at Landstar it's all about safety. As long as your safe, stay out of trouble, and pass your 120 day inspections there will be no recourse of your time off. That's your business to run as you see fit. Take a few weeks off, and get back on the road covering loads when your ready, true self dispatch.Delete Edit Full Discussion
regularly take ten days or two weeks off. Thing is, if you do that you have to
be prepared to make up for it when you go back out...the fixed expenses like insurance keep going
even if you're at the house, just like if you had your own authority. It's
funny to me how some guys get all the way through the process of coming on
board to LS and still don't get that they have to be in charge of their
business...they fail to understand that as long as the safety rules are followed
then LS will never call...not to check on you, not to help, they call for
nothing...until you screw up.
On the other hand sometimes guys who are curious about LS and who have been beaten down by years of working for a 'hold your hand' nanny company think you're BS'ing them when you tell them they can make all the decisions for themself with no intervention. They think it sounds like utopia. You have to be self disciplined here. It's very easy to get in a rut of sitting at home if you're accustomed to someone telling you when you need to go back out...one day turns into two or three and into a week very quickly.
seem to be averaging 4 loads per week. What do you mean by percentages?
For example, the load I am on now was 368 mi and paid $2.43/mi. The line haul was $840.00 . So I get 65% of that or $546.00. Plus I get 100% of the fuel surcharge which is $54.00.
My gross (1099) revenue this week is $3200 which I am happy with. That's on 2500 miles (hub miles). I would say it's a little low but right now its survival mode so I take what I can get and am not too picky right now.
I have a philosophy. My last carrier paid roughly $1.00 a mile plus fuel surcharge and I was making money so I know that if I can do that then I'll be good. (Now they paid on short miles and only paid $0.85 for deadhead miles unless the deadhead was over 150 mi then I got FS. Now at Landstar I pay myself on hub miles all miles).
Next week will be $3700 gross to the truck.
So I feel like I'm doing fine and looking forward to when rates pick up. It is pretty rough out there but I look at it as a challenge.
That's what I like about Landstar is the challenge. I really don't want a job that's easy. I want to be challenged.