Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

Median pay for Restaurant Owners in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $56K annually. Overall cash earnings for Restaurant Owners stretch from $24K on the lower end to $143K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $117K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction for Restaurant Owners is high. Slightly more than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well. Men make up the majority of Restaurant Owners (65 percent) survey respondents.

$24,837 - $124,724
(Median)
$25K
$56K
$120K
MEDIAN: $56,258
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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
$24,837 - $124,724  
   
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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$24,455 - $142,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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.
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$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).
)
$24,455 - $142,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 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. A lot of Restaurant Owners advance their careers by becoming Restaurant General Managers and Restaurant Managers. However, those positions offer $14K less and $21K less per year on average.

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Restaurant Owners report a narrow range of specific skills. Operations Management and Payroll Administration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $65K. Restaurant Owners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $73K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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 30 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 53%
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