Restaurant Owners in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K per year on average but can range from $28K to $169K per year. Cash earnings for Restaurant Owners — which occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and more than $51K from profit sharing — stretch from around $28K to approximately $169K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third enjoy medical while close to a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than a fifth. The majority of Restaurant Owners (67 percent) survey respondents are male. Work is enjoyable for Restaurant Owners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,581 - $139,458
(Median)
$25K
$59K
$140K
MEDIAN: $59,453
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$10.81 - $45.78
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$24,581 - $139,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,507  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,600 - $168,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$26.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$9.80  
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,468  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,507  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,600 - $168,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

The owner/operator of a restaurant is typically the top manager of either a privately owned or franchised location. He or she normally supervises middle managers to ensure that the restaurant meets quality and safety standards. The owner/operator also helps ensure accounting and bookkeeping is performed accurately. Additionally, they oversee day-to-day operations, interacting with staff and guests.

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Owner / Operator, Restaurant Tasks

  • Ensure the restaurant building, facilities, and grounds are maintained and meet government regulations.
  • Hire, train, and supervise restaurant managers, determine their duties, and evaluate their performance.
  • Manage the restaurant's administration, finances, and budget, working to ensure the establishment stays profitable.
  • Oversee the operation of a restaurant, and coordinate employees and processes to ensure the restaurant runs efficiently.
  • Maintain standards for food and service quality, safety, and sanitation.

Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator, Restaurant


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As Restaurant Owners transition into upper-level roles like Food and Beverage Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Food and Beverage Directors earn the same amount as Restaurant Owners on average. Restaurant Owners most often move into Restaurant General Manager or Restaurant Manager roles. However, the former pays $16K less on average, and the latter pays $23K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Restaurant Owners with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $57K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Restaurant Owners make a median salary of $71K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $73K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

People Management
up arrow 11%

National Average
$62,000

Payroll Administration
up arrow 15%

Operations Management
up arrow 40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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