Owner / Operator Salary

With just under two-thirds of Owners and Operators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $29K to $155K per year and averages out to $72K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Most Owners and Operators survey respondents are men (71 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to about two in five, and one-fifth earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,165 - $149,995
$33K
$72K
$150K
MEDIAN: $71,981
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50%
90%

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$10.47 - $65.00
$10
$25
$65
MEDIAN: $24.57
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$33,165 - $149,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,335  
Profit Sharing
$7,500  
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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$29,412 - $155,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.47 - $65.00  
   
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
$7,500  
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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$29,412 - $155,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Truck Owner and Operator. The average Truck Owner and Operator brings home $93K per year. An Owner or Operator often moves on to become a Construction Project Manager or an Operations Manager.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

Pay by Experience for an Owner / Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Owner / Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 46 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Owner / Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Owner / Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 56 salaries. An Owner / Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 60 salaries.

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Key Stats for Owner / Operator

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
▲4%

▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$70,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries


National Average
$70,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 61%