Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Owners in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $60K per year on average but can range from $24K to $181K per year. Overall cash earnings for Restaurant Owners stretch from $24K on the lower end to $181K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $52K from profit sharing. Men make up the majority of Restaurant Owners (67 percent) survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-half lack any form of coverage — but roughly one-half have medical insurance, and close to one-third have dental, too. Most Restaurant Owners report high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,370 - $169,046
(Median)
$24K
$60K
$170K
MEDIAN: $60,297
10%
50%
90%

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$7.25 - $72.50
(Median)
$7
$12
$72
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$24,370 - $169,046  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,310  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $51,712  
Commission
$8,005  
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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$24,422 - $180,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$7.25 - $72.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.40  
Overtime
$17.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,310  
   
Commission
$8,005  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $51,712  
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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$24,422 - $180,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Food and Beverage Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Many Restaurant Owners advance into roles as Restaurant General Managers or Restaurant Managers, but the median salaries are $18K lower and $25K lower, respectively.

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Restaurant Owners who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with People Management, Operations Management, and Payroll Administration can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Restaurant Owners generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Restaurant Owners make a median salary of $70K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $78K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

People Management
up arrow 7%

National Average
$64,000

Operations Management
up arrow 9%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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