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Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

An average Restaurant Owner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60K per year. Total cash compensation to Restaurant Owners approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $167K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $122K from profit sharing. Roughly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-fourth collect dental insurance. There are more male Restaurant Owners than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.
$29,448 - $152,051
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MEDIAN: $60,190
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$7.16 - $27.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$29,448 - $152,051  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,363  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $121,641  
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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$26,219 - $166,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$7.16 - $27.82  
   
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,363  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $121,641  
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).
)
$26,219 - $166,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Food and Beverage Director offer money in line with Restaurant Owners. Many Restaurant Owners go on to become Restaurant General Managers or Restaurant Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $57K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $67K. For Restaurant Owners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $74K on average.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$62,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 59%