Class A OTR Driver/Lease Owner Job at DSL Express, Lubbock, TX

  • DSL Express
  • Lubbock, TX

Job Description

WANTED: Class A OTR Company Driver to Lease Owner

IMPORTANT NOTE: We get lots of applicants – some days, too many. We need “A” stringers! Division 1 players. If you need a decent job, we can help but; we are saying this right now: We don’t want unsafe drivers! We don’t want guys who will sit around and miss stops continually. We don’t want guys who are lazy and sit at truck stops all day. This won't be tolerated! If you are motivated and can run and are a good, honest, hard-working honorable person, then we have a place for you – APPLY NOW ! Otherwise, consider Schneider’s of the world. This job is demanding and as long as you’re a professional, we have a place for you. We take this business seriously and we want serious drivers who will do the job to the best of their ability each and every day while on duty. What you make is directly related to your performance and it's entirely up to you how well you do. Thank you kindly, We want the best!

We would start you as a company driver (depending on MVR and experience ) somewhere between 60 and 70 c.p,m on or around. May offer a percentage as high as 30% gross so that we can accommodate shorter runs. Once you drive with us for 30 days, you will be reviewed as a qualified lease purchase owner. If you are a good driver, we will agree to change you over to a lease owner. If you need more time to adjust, we will review you every 2 weeks after. You are in no way required to do a lease purchase. If you are content as a company driver, then we have no problems with that and you can stay on as one. But if you like your truck (or any others available at the time), we can discuss the option. This is 100% up to you.

We lease trucks for between 500 and 750 depending on the year, make, and model and they are PAID IN FULL in one year (52 weeks). No money down and no credit required. Your credit is the value you bring to the company! Once it’s paid, you own it outright! Trucks in the 2006 to 2008 ranges are around 500 sometimes less depending on how recently the rebuilds were done. We may extend weeks and keep payments lower on newer models if you want to pay less per week on the newer trucks if they are available but the 2006 to 2008 models are great workhorses regardless. They are not pretty little trophy wives - but like a good farm gal, they get the job done. In some ways, they are better because of the lack of electronics that can fail which is a common problem with all newer trucks. Note: Some of the newer trucks are 1.5 to 2 to 2.5-year leases.


  • As of October 2020, the selections are 2006 to 2012 Volvos with mainly Cummins ISX engines (some Volvo engines available as well). We may have newer more expensive 2015 and 2016 FLs with Detroit Diesel 15s and Volvos with Cummins and also Internationals with Cummins about the same years. We may not. Depends on availability.
  • Most have had complete overhauls and sometimes twice on the older ones. We own our own shops and keep them in great condition. We wouldn’t still be running them otherwise.
  • Some trucks are smaller cabs with double sleepers, some are larger designs. It all depends on what is available.


  • In Dry Van, Owner-operators gross between $4000 and $6000+ per week during slow season (January, February, March) on a normal year.
  • In Dry Van, Owner-operators gross between $6000 and $8000+ per week during peak season. 
  • Note: Refers earn more overall but there are also expenses and extra liability involved to take into consideration.

IMPORTANT EARNINGS NOTE: Some years, rare dry van seasonal peaks hit the $10,000 and $12,000 ranges for solo drivers.. 2021 is a very good year!! EXPECT EARNINGS TO BE HIGHER THAN NORMAL!


About the Job:
DSL Express is now hiring OTR CDL Class A Single/Team Owner Operators who want to make good money with a great company! Very high 82% percentage take home with load volume even in the worst market conditions – We pay for cargo and liability insurance in the deal and best of all – We keep it moving!

Focus Regions:
No Forced Lower 48 with a primary focus on the Midwest and South regions. East, Southeast, Southwest, and West regions are also covered. 100% Optional High-paying Canadian loads are offered to qualified applicants. Driven and Refer available.

Gross Earnings:

  • Between $312,000 to $460,000 per year.

Apply here and get approved today!

What makes our company different?

  • First and foremost, we are NOT a mega-carrier! You won’t get lost in the mix.
  • We have been in business for 20 years and we’ve seen it all. Experienced.
  • We have multiple offices in the US covering the East, Midwest, and West regions.
  • We have 24-hour dispatch with 2nd and 3rd-shift guys in 3 offices. Real guys all night.
  • We have built-in mechanic shops at the Chicago and Vegas depots for discount maintenance. 
  • We have large Warehouses in Chicago and Vegas to accommodate drop and hooks.
  • We do dedicated freight with Chicago area companies on a regular basis.
  • We care about drivers. We have simple amenities for drivers that make a difference.
  • Full Kitchen, Washer, Dryer, Shower, and Lounge available at Chicago and Vegas Offices.
  • We pride ourselves on your relationship with 4 other Chicago area Carriers. We are all family and help each other out. Mega carrier resources without being a mega carrier.


  • High Gross Percentage.
  • No forced dispatch.
  • Home Time is 100% up to you.
  • 24/7 Dispatch to help you out.
  • No Touch Freight.
  • Weekly Direct Deposit.
  • We cover Liability and Cargo Insurance in the deal.
  • We cover trailer tags with rentals.
  • Fuel Cards and Permits Provided at NO COST.
  • Built-in discount Mechanic Shop to keep your truck in top shape.
  • We Lease Trailers for those who don’t have their own. 2017 and Up.
  • Professional Dispatch Teams fight for top rates year-round.
  • Professional Dispatch Teams keep you moving.
  • You are assigned a dedicated dispatcher who will get to know you.

Job Description:

  • Must have Class A CDL. Additional Endorsements are a bonus.
  • Must-Have 2+ yrs CDL Exp.
  • Must Have Clean MVR and reasonable PSP report.
  • Must-Have a Reliable Tractor! We rent trailers if you don’t own one.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • We pay out VERY HIGH percentages.
  • Better than the industry rate. 82% of Line Haul! 18/82 split your favor.
  • Liability and Cargo Insurance are included and paid by us.
  • Trailer tags are covered and paid for by us with trailer rentals.
  • Our insurance broker has special rates for Bobtail insurance. 100% Optional to use.
  • Hazard and Occupational Insurance is available as a deduction. 100% Optional to use.
  • Weekly Deduction Programs are available for insurance and some expenses (if you need them).
  • Cash price Fuel Cards provided. No hidden fees! We don’t expect you to the front for fuel.
  • Ability to Make Bonuses with a performance-based Owner Operator of the Month program.
  • You are rewarded with Bonuses for passing DOT inspections!! Safety is serious.
  • We pay with Weekly Direct Deposit and bank transfers. No need to ever wait for checks.
  • Expect an OTR average Gross of 7K to 10K per week during the slow season (Jan-Mar / Jul-Aug). In this new COVID market.
  • Expect OTR average Gross 9K to 12K+ per week during peak season. (All other months). In this new COVID market.
  • Team drivers make about 1.7 times more gross per peek on average peaking at about 23k per week sometimes.

Summary of Other Incentives:

  • Hometime is 100% negotiable! You set your schedule.
  • We offer Unlimited miles within ELD Compliance. If you want to drive, we have the loads!
  • We do Dry Vans and Refer. No flatbeds or dangerous tankers, doubles/triples to hassle with. 
  • We only accept No Touch Freight. 
  • We do Drop and Hook as well as Live Load and Unload.
  • We Rent Trailers if you need one. Many Owners have their own but we got you covered.
  • We have a strict policy about No Forced Dispatch for owner-operators.
  • We will assign a Dedicated Dispatcher to manage your routes.
  • Dispatching is available 24/7. Don’t get stuck with a problem overnight!
  • Contracts with NTS Breakdown Service help you in a pinch.
  • You can Park with a rented trailer near your house for home time.
  • Doesn’t matter where you live. Midwest preferred but not required.

Driver Requirements

  • Truck driving is a demanding job! You have to be healthy able and willing to work!
  • Must have a Minimum of 2 years of driving experience.
  • Must have a valid CDL Class A without pending suspensions.
  • Must be able to work with modern ELD systems.
  • Must be able to pass the drug test. No acceptations!
  • Must have a valid medical card issued.
  • Must have a stable work history and good references.
  • Must have no more than 3 moving violations and/or accidents in the last 3 years.
  • No failed or refused drug or alcohol test in the last 4 years. 
  • No DWIs, DUI's and BAC's in the last 4 years.
  • No reckless driving convictions in the last 3 years.
  • No license suspension for points, or unpaid tickets in the last 3 years.
  • No more than 2 moving violations during the last year.
  • Must provide no less than 3 years of work history, non-driving work history for the past 3 years will be also verified. Previous employers and references will be checked and must be verifiable.

Gross Earnings Explained:

We based the "Normal" Solo Driver Gross Earnings estimate on a gross of $5000 to $7000 per week (up to $9000+ during peak) as was consistent in the fiscal year 2018 Then happened and the market changed. It has been 25% or more higher ever since last June 2020. Gross earnings depend on your availability and the number of miles you commit to driving. We normally book loads at an average of 2.00 plus per mile during the low season with peaks upward of 2.60 per mile (year-round averages). We are now booking peak season rates in the slow season and averaging 3.50 or more in peak. This does not include peak season load outliers that are above and beyond these rates. Rates fully depend on freight demand, season, geographic location, and other market conditions affecting spot and dedicated market trends and vary from year to year. In some cases, load rates are MUCH higher but it is not consistent. As with all markets globally, rates go up and down. There are Owners who make less who don’t drive very much. There are Owners who make more who drive continually. This all depends on your commitment as well as market conditions going forward. But if you are a driver who likes to drive, we will put you to work and you will make excellent gross earnings. Our dispatch team is dedicated to getting top dollar year-round. After all, we are partners in this. The more you make, the more we make.

About DSL Express:

WE'VE BUILT A REPUTATION ON EXCELLENCE IN SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS... DSL Express is a family owned and operated company that has been operating in the Midwest, West coast, and East coast for over 15 years. We are part of a federation of 5 companies with a combined fleet size of roughly 500 trucks total. Our company combined with our federation partners have something like 60 combined years of experience in this field. We have built relationships and deals with local Chicago shippers and brokers as well as shippers and brokers all over the US and in Canada. Our drivers, dispatchers, and customer service reps are comprised of experienced team members who generally go above and beyond. Our dispatchers have over 10+ years of experience and will always work with you to get you the trips and miles you want to work with flexible home time as well. We have yard parking, mechanic shops, and warehouses in the Chicago area and Las Vegas offices making your experience just a little easier. The average dispatcher to truck ratio is roughly 5 trucks for every dispatcher. One of the lowest ratios of any company. We believe that this is one of the keys to our success! This allows them to focus on whats important - you!! Even when market conditions are less than acceptable, we manage to find and secure loads which will keep you up and running. You wont be disappointed. Visit our website at to learn more or call us at 888-602-1140 x140 !!

Job Tags

Weekly pay, Full time, Local area, Immediate start, Flexible hours, Night shift, Afternoon shift,

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