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Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

Average Restaurant Owners in the United States make around $58K per year. Total cash compensation to Restaurant Owners approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $145K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $119K from profit sharing. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Restaurant Owners. Restaurant Owners who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,992 - $138,908
(Median)
$25K
$58K
$140K
MEDIAN: $58,418
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
$24,992 - $138,908  
   
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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$24,648 - $145,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate 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$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).
)
$24,648 - $145,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 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. Restaurant Owners most often move into Restaurant General Manager or Restaurant Manager roles. However, the former pays $15K less on average, and the latter pays $22K less.

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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 in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. For Restaurant Owners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $74K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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: 42% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 55%
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