Owner / Operator Salary

Just below two-thirds of Owners and Operators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $148K per year, but median earnings come to around $70K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Owners and Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. Medical benefits are awarded to close to a third, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,836 - $147,376
$35K
$70K
$150K
MEDIAN: $70,296
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50%
90%

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$14.44 - $57.50
$14
$26
$58
MEDIAN: $26.04
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$0$147K
Salary $34,836 - $147,376
Bonus $0.00 - $49,665
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$33,945 - $147,703
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 116
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $14.44 - $57.50
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $20.00
Annual Data $0$147K
Bonus $0.00 - $49,665
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$33,945 - $147,703
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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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Owner / Operator Tasks

  • Oversee company operations, directing production, sales, administrative, and/or distribution activities.
  • Oversee and/or assist with personnel management, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Oversee and/or assist with client acquisition and marketing strategies.
  • Develop and/or assist with company-wide policies, procedures, objectives, and business strategies.
  • Direct and review financial activities, measuring productivity, setting prices, and/or managing budgets.

Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator


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At the upper end, Owners and Operators who move into a Truck Owner and Operator role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Truck Owners and Operators is a much higher $93K per year. An Owner or Operator may also move into a role as 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
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
▲5%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$70,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries



National Average
$70,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 66%
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