Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

Median pay for Restaurant Owners in the United States is around $57K per year. Total cash compensation to Restaurant Owners bottoms out near $24K and approaches $145K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $117K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Restaurant Owners. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Restaurant Owners are male. Some workers in this field — a little more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly less than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,777 - $126,167
(Median)
$25K
$57K
$130K
MEDIAN: $56,587
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90%

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$7.11 - $43.63
(Median)
$7
$11
$44
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,777 - $126,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,394  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $117,446  
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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$24,293 - $144,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.11 - $43.63  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $28.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,394  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $117,446  
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).
)
$24,293 - $144,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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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Restaurant Owners sometimes move into a Food and Beverage Director role, where the salary is similar. Many Restaurant Owners choose to become Restaurant General Managers and Restaurant Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $14K less and $21K less, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Restaurant Owners usually report a few specific skills. Operations Management and Payroll Administration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Restaurant Owners see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $74K on average.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$60,000

Payroll Administration
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 52%
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