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Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

The average Restaurant Owner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K annually. In the world of Restaurant Owners, overall income ranges from $25K near the bottom to $145K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $119K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Men make up the majority of Restaurant Owners (65 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to two in five, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage.

$24,937 - $139,365
(Median)
$25K
$59K
$140K
MEDIAN: $58,637
10%
50%
90%

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$7.14 - $36.00
(Median)
$7
$11
$36
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
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
$24,937 - $139,365  
   
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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$24,599 - $145,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.14 - $36.00  
   
Overtime
$12.77 - $20.70  
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.
)
$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).
)
$24,599 - $145,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Food and Beverage Director. On average, Food and Beverage Directors get paid about the same as Restaurant Owners do. Many Restaurant Owners advance into roles as Restaurant General Managers or Restaurant Managers, but the median salaries are $15K lower and $22K 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. For Restaurant Owners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 56%
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