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Owner / Operator Salary

Owners and Operators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $84K annually on average but can range from $28K to $206K per year. Total incomes of Owners and Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $248K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $206K. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while close to a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly an eighth. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Owners and Operators who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,330 - $203,948
(Median)
$34K
$84K
$200K
MEDIAN: $83,866
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$9.70 - $81.88
(Median)
$9
$31
$82
MEDIAN: $30
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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$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$34,330 - $203,948  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $248,323  
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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$28,426 - $205,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $81.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.60  
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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $248,323  
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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$28,426 - $205,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Job Description for Owner / Operator

An owner/operator is the chief stakeholder in a business operation. He or she is the person who has typically put up the majority financial stake in the business and thus acts as the overseer of all operations and output from it. Typically an owner/operator is found in the small business sector, where sole proprietorships or simple majority ownership is common. The owner/operator may be in charge of businesses that range from retail stores to service-oriented businesses or restaurants and bars. While in some cases, owners of such businesses act as silent partners, an owner/operator most typically takes a hands-on approach to all operations of his or her enterprise.

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Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator


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Owners and Operators who move into a Construction Manager role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Construction Managers earn $73K a year on average. A lot of Owners and Operators advance their careers by becoming Construction Project Managers and Operations Managers. However, those positions offer $15K less and $26K less per year on average.

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Owners and Operators usually report a few specific skills. Sales Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Employees educated in Operations Management are typically practiced in Sales Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $67K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. On average, Owners and Operators make $98K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $92K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$85,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$85,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 71%
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