Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

With about three in five of Restaurant Owners in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Restaurant Owners is $60K annually and can range from $29K on the lower end to $153K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Restaurant Owners — which occasionally include more than $28K from bonuses and more than $61K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $153K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Around one in three enjoy medical while about one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-sixth. Male Restaurant Owners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Restaurant Owners. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,421 - $148,652
$29K
$60K
$150K
MEDIAN: $59,833
10%
50%
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$10.00 - $64.00
$26
MEDIAN: $26.00
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$0$161K
Salary $29,421 - $148,652
Bonus $0.30 - $29,590
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $60,500
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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$29,232 - $161,073
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 143
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $26.00
Hourly Tips $1.96
Overtime $1.00
Annual Data $0$161K
Bonus $0.30 - $29,590
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $60,500
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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$29,232 - $161,073
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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

  • 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.
  • Manage the restaurant's administration, finances, and budget, working to ensure the establishment stays profitable.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator, Restaurant


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Restaurant Owners tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Food and Beverage Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Restaurant Owners most often advance into Restaurant General Manager and Restaurant Manager positions even though the median salaries are $18K lower and $24K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Pay by Experience for an Owner / Operator, Restaurant has a positive trend. An entry-level Owner / Operator, Restaurant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 43 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Owner / Operator, Restaurant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Owner / Operator, Restaurant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 49 salaries. An Owner / Operator, Restaurant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 37 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as an Owner / Operator, Restaurant?

Owner / Operator, Restaurant in Seattle:
"Demanding."
Pros: The independence to set my own schedule, determine who I hire and fire.
Cons: The stress and long hours.

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Key Stats for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
▲17%

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲11%

National Average
$64,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

People Management
▲7%

National Average
$64,000

Payroll Administration
▼18%

Operations Management
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 65%
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