With just below two-thirds of Owners and Operators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Owners and Operators is $72K annually and can range from $29K on the lower end to $167K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Owners and Operators (69 percent) who took the survey are men. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a fifth collect dental insurance. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,041 - $160,500
$33K
$72K
$160K
MEDIAN: $71,619
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50%
90%

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$10.35 - $66.38
$10
$28
$66
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$33,041 - $160,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,335  
Profit Sharing
$9,759  
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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$29,428 - $167,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $66.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$17.99  
National Annualized 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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,335  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,759  
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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$29,428 - $167,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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Job Description for Owner / Operator

An owner/operator is the chief stakeholder in a business operation. He or she is the person who has typically put up the majority financial stake in the business and thus acts as the overseer of all operations and output from it. Typically an owner/operator is found in the small business sector, where sole proprietorships or simple majority ownership is common. The owner/operator may be in charge of businesses that range from retail stores to service-oriented businesses or restaurants and bars. While in some cases, owners of such businesses act as silent partners, an owner/operator most typically takes a hands-on approach to all operations of his or her enterprise.

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Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator


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Owners and Operators may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Construction Manager. Construction Managers on average make about as much as Owners and Operators do. Owners and Operators most frequently advance into Construction Project Manager and Operations Manager roles even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $73K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $71K 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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$71,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
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National Average
$71,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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