Owner Operators

Ramp Up Your Income 
When You Partner With Decker

As a Decker independent contractor, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. You can build your business on our stream of consistent, high-paying freight while still enjoying the freedom and independence of being your own boss.

Our owner operators enjoy the savings and support of being part of the Decker team, including a nationwide fuel card system, accounting/bookkeeping services, and Safety Award Programs, such as our Million Mile Team.

In addition, we offer a lease purchase program in both of our reefer and flatbed divisions for drivers who are ready to move up to owning their own businesses.

Like to get more details on the advantages of partnering with Decker? Call us at 888-515-9427 or click Apply Now.

We have opportunities for owner-operators in all of our reefer and flatbed divisions:

MIDWEST REEFER

You’ll find yourself traveling 2,300 to 2,500 miles per week throughout America’s Heartland; from Cleveland to Denver, Minneapolis to Atlanta, and many of the places in between. Many of our Midwest Reefer division drivers are home every 12 to 14 days, and, depending on home location, some are even home weekly.

WESTERN REEFER

If you’re looking for an OTR position, our Western Reefer division is calling your name. This is our only true OTR division, running the 48 continental states and averaging 2,600 to 2,800 miles per week. More than 70% of the runs are west of Ohio. Flexible, reliable home time every 2 to 3 weeks.

FLATBED

Hauling mostly steel and building products, averaging 2,100 to 2,200 (home weekly) or 2,300 to 2,400 (out 14 days).

OWNER OPERATOR COMPENSATION

Midwest Reefer Compensation

Contractor’s base pay shall be $1.00 per mile for all miles, loaded and empty, which are dispatched by Carrier directly to and from loading or unloading points or Carrier’s terminal. Mileage shall be determined by application of the Household Goods Bureau’s Rand McNally Milemaker Program, which computes shortest distances between points.

For any load from shipper’s origin to shipper’s destination that falls under these categories, the following rate will be paid:

Line Haul mileage from 0 to 100 mile $1.40 per mile
Line Haul mileage from 101 to 250 miles $1.25 per mile
Line Haul mileage from 251 to 400 miles $1.05 per mile
Mileage over 400 and empty miles $1.00 per mile

Western Reefer Compensation

Contractor’s base pay shall be $1.00 per mile for all miles, loaded and empty, which are dispatched by Carrier directly to and from loading or unloading points or Carrier’s terminal. Mileage shall be determined by application of the Household Goods Bureau’s Rand McNally Milemaker Program, which computes shortest distances between points.

For any load from shipper’s origin to shipper’s destination that falls under these categories, the following rate will be paid:

Line Haul mileage from 0 to 100 mile $1.40 per mile
Line Haul mileage from 101 to 250 miles $1.25 per mile
Line Haul mileage from 251 to 400 miles $1.05 per mile
Mileage over 400 and empty miles $1.00 per mile

Flatbed Compensation

Contractors pay is based on our percentage pay program, which is 72% of all commodities.

  • Reefer Division: Mileage pay
  • Flatbed Division: percentage pay
  • Fuel purchase program
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Accessorial pay
  • PrePass and TripPak available
  • Referral bonus
  • Com Data card
  • Monthly bonuses

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