Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

The average Restaurant Owner in the United States earns approximately $58K annually. Final cash compensation to Restaurant Owners varies from around $24K to approximately $148K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $118K, respectively. Job satisfaction for Restaurant Owners is high. The majority of Restaurant Owners (67 percent) who took the survey are men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — a little over a half lack any form of coverage — but a little less than one-half have medical insurance, and just under a third have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,719 - $140,935

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$7.11 - $43.63

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,719 - $140,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $118,359  
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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$24,245 - $148,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.11 - $43.63  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $28.88  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,426  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $118,359  
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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$24,245 - $148,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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. Restaurant Owners most often advance into Restaurant General Manager and Restaurant Manager positions even though the median salaries are $15K lower and $22K lower, respectively.

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Restaurant Owners usually report a few specific skills. Operations Management and Payroll Administration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Restaurant Owners. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Restaurant Owners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $75K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 52%
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