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Landstar Pay

Each Landstar owner-operator is called a BCO, which stands for Business Capacity Owner. Landstar pay is determined by a percentage of the load's revenue, vs cents per mile, which is calculated according to the type of trailer the BCO is pulling and whether Landstar or the BCO owns it.    

  • BCO PULLING LANDSTAR-OWNED TRAILER: Landstar pay is 65% of freight revenue.
  • BCO PULLING THEIR OWN TRAILER: Landstar pay is between 70% and 75% of freight revenue, depending on trailer type:
    • Van Trailer:  72%
    • Reefer Trailer:  75%
    • Flatbed:  73%
    • Stepdeck:  73%
    • Specialized Trailer:  74%
    • Heavy-haul Trailer:  75%
    • Hot Shot Unit and Trailer:  70%
    • Expedited Straight Truck:  62%
  • FUEL CHARGES / TARP FEES: 100% paid to BCO.

If you would like to speak to a recruiter about Landstar pay and more, click here. If you would like to apply with Landstar, click here.

Landstar Earnings Potential

Save money on tires, fuel, trailers, truck financing, and more through Landstar's LCAPP Program. Learn more about LCAPP.

"In a percentage based system, it’s not about chasing miles."

Remember, Landstar owner operators / BCOs select their own loads and are paid a percentage of the revenue, not a flat rate per mile. Thanks to this successful business model, Landstar earning potential is all about a “run smart, not hard” attitude, because Landstar offers thousands of loads each day with revenue varying by location, commodity, and equipment required.

All loads are offered by over 1000 independent Landstar agencies located throughout North America. Landstar agencies are not confined to territory boundaries, which means you can be in Charlotte, NC loading for an agent located in Overland Park, KS.

This business model for Landstar agencies results in higher paying rates for owner-operators /BCOs, because Landstar agents are essentially competing with each other for you and your equipment. The result is many Landstar loads are the highest paying in the industry, which truly allows you the ability to “run smart, not hard” in achieving your Landstar earnings potential.

Since you are in complete control of the operation of your equipment, your Landstar earning potential is directly connected to your dedication, work ethic, and how prudently you run your operation.  People who are organized and self starters are typically the most successful.

Do you have questions about Landstar pay and earnings potential, click here. If you would like to apply with Landstar, click here.

Maximizing Revenue with Landstar 

Landstar BCO Dave Hepp shares his experiences after joining Landstar including Freedom, Running Your Business, Fuel and Tire Savings, Landstar Events, Making Money, and Family Time

"It’s not about what you make, it’s about what you keep."

Consider these tips on Landstar earning potential and maximizing revenue:

Be Flexible.

You will always choose the loads you take, where you go, when you go home and how long you stay there. Remember, you are your own dispatcher. However, being too selective and not open minded to all types of freight may negatively impact revenue potential.

Be Efficient.

Landstar not only allows, but encourages, the pre-booking of loads. The goal is to always be moving towards the next load. Properly utilizing Landstar technology and tools will help you accomplish this goal and our staff is always ready to help. Remember: increased miles do not always correlate to more money. The goal is to generate the most amount of revenue for the least amount of miles. 

Be Smart.

Participation in continued education classes held both online and in the class room. 

Reduce operating costs with LCAPP (Landstar Contractor Advantage Purchasing Program) on fuel, tires and many other products and services. Learn more about LCAPP.


Landstar Pay Scenarios

Consider the following examples segregated by trailer type and trailer ownership:

Pay scenario pulling a 53’ Dry Van provided by Landstar

$ 1500.00 freight bill invoiced to customer and itemized as follows:

  • $ 1275.00 Line Haul
  • $  225.00 Fuel Surcharge

$ 1053.75 is paid to the BCO, itemized as follows:

  • $ 828.75 Line Haul tractor at 65%
  • $ 225.00 Fuel Surcharge at 100%

Pay scenario pulling your own 53’ Dry Van

$ 1500.00 freight bill invoiced to customer and itemized as follows:

  • $ 1275.00 Line Haul
  • $  225.00 Fuel Surcharge

$ 1143.00 is paid to the BCO, itemized as follows:

  • $ 828.75   Line Haul tractor at 65%
  • $   89.25   Line Haul trailer at 7%
  • $ 225.00   Fuel Surcharge paid at 100%

pay scenario pulling your own 48’ Temperature Controlled Trailer

$ 1800.00 freight bill invoiced to customer and itemized as follows:

  • $ 1575.00 Line Haul
  • $  225.00 Fuel Surcharge

$ 1406.25 is paid to the BCO, itemized as follows:

  • $ 1023.75 Line Haul tractor at 65%
  • $   157.50 Line Haul trailer at 10%
  • $  225.00 Fuel Surcharge paid at 100%

pay scenario pulling your own 48’ Flatbed

$ 1700.00 freight bill invoiced to customer and itemized as follows:

  • $ 1275.00 Line Haul
  • $  225.00 Fuel Surcharge
  • $   200.00 Tarp Fee

$ 1355.75 is paid to the BCO, itemized as follows:

  • $ 828.75 Line Haul tractor at 65%
  • $ 102.00 Line Haul trailer at 8%
  • $ 225.00 Fuel Surcharge paid at 100%
  • $ 200.00 Tarp Fee paid at 100%

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