Owner / Operator Salary (United States)

For Owners, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to a little under three-quarters of their $98,926 annual pay. About a quarter enjoy medical while 15 percent get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 11 percent. Most Owners are men (78 percent). The majority of Owners claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Owner / Operator Salary (?
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$39,488 - $230,477
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $97,843
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Owner / Operator Salary (?
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$9.72 - $81.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$39,488 - $230,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,950  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $253,419  
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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$34,302 - $239,052  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $81.55  
   
Overtime
$8.83 - $35.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,950  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $253,419  
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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$34,302 - $239,052  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator

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Owners may actually experience a considerable drop in salary with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Construction Manager position will make much less than they do in their current role. Owners most often move into positions as Construction Project Managers or Operations Managers, where they typically take pay cuts of $29K or $39K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $85K, which quickly surpasses six figures to $117K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $107K. Owners experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $100K. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 27 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 38 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 33 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
National Average
$99,000
Late-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

National Average
$99,000
Sales Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 74%
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