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Owner / Operator Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (more than two-fifths on average) of overall compensation for Owners and Operators, and the median take-home for this group lies near $92K. In the world of Owners and Operators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $253K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $209K. Male Owners and Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Close to one-fourth enjoy medical while roughly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-eighth. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,113 - $207,968
(Median)
$35K
$90K
$210K
MEDIAN: $89,920
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$9.07 - $79.46
(Median)
$9
$24
$79
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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
$35,113 - $207,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,479  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $253,252  
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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$30,286 - $208,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $79.46  
   
Overtime
$8.83 - $35.61  
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 - $29,479  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $253,252  
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).
)
$30,286 - $208,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator


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Owners and Operators may actually experience a considerable drop in salary if they transition into an upper level Construction Manager position. Pay for Construction Managers averages $73K per year. A lot of Owners and Operators advance their careers by becoming Construction Project Managers and Operations Managers. However, those positions offer $22K less and $32K less per year on average.

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Survey takers who work as Owners and Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Sales Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Operations Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Aptitude in Operations Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $72K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $102K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $96K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$92,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$92,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 73%