Owners and Operators in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Owners and Operators. Salaries average out to around $63K per year and spread from $27K to $178K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — the greater part — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than a third and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a fourth. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. The majority of Owners and Operators (62 percent) who took the survey are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,482 - $176,697
(Median)
$29K
$63K
$180K
MEDIAN: $62,577
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90%

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$10.20 - $73.11
(Median)
$10
$29
$73
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$29,482 - $176,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,290  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$27,128 - $177,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $73.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$16.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,290  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$27,128 - $177,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Owners and Operators move into roles as Construction Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $73K per year. With an annual salary of $70K, Construction Project Manager is the most common role for Owners and Operators to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Operations Manager role — which usually pays $59K — is also typical for Owners and Operators, though less common by comparison.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $67K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 13%

National Average
$64,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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