Werner Enterprises

Welcome to the Werner Enterprises Owner Operator Recruiting Department

Are you interested in becoming an owner operator for Werner Enterprises? If so, we are interested in hearing from you. Thanks to our many services and diverse operations, you, as an owner operator, have the flexibility of working for a service that suits your lifestyle. Come jump start your career as a business owner at Werner Enterprises where you will be surrounded by a support team who has specialized in advising Owner Operators towards successful career paths for over 25+ years.

Founded in 1956, Werner remains a premier transportation and logistics company with coverage throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Werner is a licensed NVOCC and U.S. Customs Broker. Werner's global headquarters in Omaha, Neb., has 12 terminals throughout the country.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please call our Owner Operator Recruiting Department at 800.431.7443 or 800.346.2818.

General Qualifications

  • Have recent verifiable tractor trailer experience
  • Have a valid class (A) CDL
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Meet DOT requirements
  • Pass a company physical, including substance screening
  • Have stable verifiable work history
  • Have an acceptable driving record
  • Be able to perform duties of the job

Please contact us today at 800.431.7443 or 800.346.2818.

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Owner Operator Package

Werner Enterprises offers owner operators the flexibility of driving for the service that best suits your lifestyle and the ability to influence your own pay. Owner operators also can increase their pay by becoming a trainer. Ask a recruiter for details about our $5,000 sign on bonus for team drivers.

Linehaul Miles Rate Per Loaded Miles
0-24 $2.46*
25-100 $1.71
101-200 $1.31
201-300 $1.23
301-500 $1.09
501-700 $1.06
701-1000 $1.04
Over 1000 $1.03

In-service deadhead (empty) miles: $0.80

* Carrier also guarantees $0.97 minimum pay for all paid miles run in any calendar quarter.

Shag pay: If linehaul (loaded) miles and deadhead (empty) miles total less than 100 miles, pay will be:

  1. The applicable linehaul rate per loaded mile from above, plus
  2. $.80 per in-service deadhead miles, plus
  3. $30 shag

Please contact us today at 800.431.7443 or 800.346.2818.


Health, Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

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Additional Benefits:

  • $1,000 sign on bonus for new solos and $5,000 for new teams
  • Paid base plates, permits and PrePass
  • Paid authorized tolls and toll card provided
  • Compensated authorized lumpers, 85 percent no touch freight
  • Paid authorized scale tickets
  • Competitive health, dental and vision insurance available
  • Group rates on tractor insurance
  • Fuel surcharge - paid loaded and empty
  • Fuel discounts paid on all fuel purchases
  • Omnitracs, Inc. usage with no purchase or installation ($25 per month)
  • Tractor Purchase program and leasing program
  • Weekly settlements and direct deposits available
  • General maintenance available at all Werner terminals
  • National tire discounts
  • Access to Werner's Reclaim Center for discounted parts
  • Multiple dedicated and regional accounts available
  • Owner operators can train, which means more miles
  • Flexible home time
  • Dedicated dispatchers for owner operators
  • Trucks not governed

Please contact us today at 800.431.7443 or 800.346.2818.


New Truck Leasing Program

  • Drive a brand-new state of the art truck for the next 36 months.
  • No hassle, full-service maintenance program.
  • Navistar International LT: $2,600 per month*
  • Kenworth T-680: $2,692 per month*
  • Freightliner Cascadia: $2,712 per month*

*Discount awarded for automatic direct payments

Please call 1.800.750.5147 for more information.



  • Van - This is our largest service. It transports a variety of commodities for a diverse customer base.
  • Dedicated - Hauling freight for a specific customer. Usually offers weekly home time.
  • TCU & Flatbed - These services provide transportation for customers with more specialized trailer needs.
  • Teams - A service made up of 100 percent owner operators. This service is designed for teams who want the highest possible production.
  • Regional - Hauling general freight within a specific region of the country. This service offers weekly home time.

Please contact us today at 800.431.7443 or 800.346.2818.



Rider Policy

Any passenger with a Werner rider pass can ride, as long as an owner operator is in compliance with DOT regulations.

To Run In Our Fleet Your Tractor Must:

  • Be a recent model, no older than 5 years; but will accept older equipment if in excellent shape
  • Have a 275" (or shorter) wheel base, fifth wheel not higher than 48" and a stack height of at least 13'4"
  • Have a blind spot mirror, business-like paint color and custom equipment
  • Pass company visual inspection and meet Werner equipment requirements
  • Note: Werner provides all flatbed equipment. Owner operator provides headache rack
  • Must not weigh more than 19,000 pounds for Van with one-half tank fuel and 20,000 pounds for Flatbed

Operator Must Provide:

  • Tractor - Must pass company inspection and meet Werner equipment requirement
  • Driver - Must be 21 years old with recent verifiable tractor-trailer experience and pass all other Werner and DOT requirements
  • Expenses - All operating and maintenance cost of equipment furnished by operator. Advance and settlement deductions available
  • Insurance - Proof of physical damage, bobtail and workers' compensation insurance. Program available for purchase of this coverage at group rates
  • PL/PD and cargo provided with $500 deductible each. Trailer has $1,000 deductible, but maximum occurrence is $1,500
  • Physical damage insurance at 3.68 percent book value
  • Bobtail insurance at $35 per month
  • Licensing Paper - Copy of title in your name and bill of sale to show cost of tractor
  • Weight certificate - 2290 Schedule I, showing payment of highway use tax (current year)
  • Deposit - Bond Deposit of $500. (Will be deducted from settlements; cash not required)


Owner operators can train their own drivers/employees and also will be allowed to train company students. Drivers for the owner operator must be qualified under Werner's standards.

Please contact us today at 800.431.7443 or 800.346.2818.

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