Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

The average Restaurant Owner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K annually. In the world of Restaurant Owners, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $119K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $147K. Male Restaurant Owners who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. For the most part, Restaurant Owners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while approximately one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,589 - $141,295
(Median)
$27K
$60K
$140K
MEDIAN: $59,653
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50%
90%

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$7.14 - $36.00
(Median)
$7
$11
$36
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,589 - $141,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $119,195  
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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$25,684 - $146,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.14 - $36.00  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $28.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,426  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $119,195  
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).
)
$25,684 - $146,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

  • 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.
  • Manage the restaurant's administration, finances, and budget, working to ensure the establishment stays profitable.
  • 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.

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 frequently become Restaurant General Managers and Restaurant Managers even though median compensation is $16K lower and $23K lower, respectively.

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $65K. Restaurant Owners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $74K on average.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 56%