Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Owners in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $62K annually on average but can range from $29K to $194K per year. Cash earnings for Restaurant Owners — which occasionally include more than $26K from bonuses and more than $61K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $194K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in four collect dental insurance. Most Restaurant Owners report high levels of job satisfaction. Restaurant Owners who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent.

$25,253 - $178,175
$25K
$62K
$180K
MEDIAN: $62,041
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$25,253 - $178,175  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $61,327  
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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$29,448 - $193,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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 who move into a Food and Beverage Director role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Food and Beverage Directors earn $62K a year on average. Restaurant Owners most often move into positions as Restaurant General Managers or Restaurant Managers. Restaurant General Managers actually earn $25K less on average, however, and Restaurant Managers earn $32K less per year than Restaurant Owners do.

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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $58K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $71K. Restaurant Owners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $74K.

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Key Stats for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
▲6%

Late-Career
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$71,000

People Management
▼3%

Payroll Administration
▼26%

Operations Management
▼45%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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