Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

With roughly one-half of Restaurant Owners in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24K to $181K per year and averages out to $60K annually. Total incomes of Restaurant Owners incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $52K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $24K and $181K. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Restaurant Owners are male. Most Restaurant Owners report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, approximately one-half have medical insurance and nearly one-third receive dental plans.

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

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$7.25 - $72.50
(Median)
$7
$12
$72
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Food and Beverage Director. Food and Beverage Directors on average make about as much as Restaurant Owners do. Many Restaurant Owners go on to become Restaurant General Managers or Restaurant Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $18K lower and $25K lower, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Restaurant Owners who took the survey. 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.


For many Restaurant Owners, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Restaurant Owners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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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