The majority of Restaurant Owners in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $27K to $187K per year, and the median is $62K annually. With some bonuses approaching $26K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $51K, overall incomes of Restaurant Owners spread between $27K and $187K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Restaurant Owners report high levels of job satisfaction. Restaurant Owners who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Approximately two in five enjoy medical while nearly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-fifth.

$24,583 - $175,399
$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
$24,583 - $175,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $51,278  
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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$27,342 - $186,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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 sometimes move into a Food and Beverage Director role, where the salary is similar. Restaurant Owners most often move into positions as Restaurant General Managers or Restaurant Managers. Restaurant General Managers actually earn $22K less on average, however, and Restaurant Managers earn $29K 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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $55K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $65K. Restaurant Owners see a median salary of $76K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $74K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Key Stats for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$68,000

Payroll Administration
up arrow 23%

Operations Management
up arrow 44%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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