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Owner / Operator Salary (United States)

A large fraction of take-home pay for Owners and Operators comes from commissions — between two-thirds and three-fourths on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $99K. Cash earnings for Owners and Operators — including $30K in bonuses and $253K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $239K depending on individual performance. Approximately one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in seven collect dental insurance. Male Owners and Operators are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Owner / Operator Salary (?
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$39,488 - $230,477
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $97,843
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Owner / Operator Salary (?
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$9.72 - $81.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$39,488 - $230,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,950  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $253,419  
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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$34,302 - $239,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $81.55  
   
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 - $29,950  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $253,419  
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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$34,302 - $239,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator

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Owners and Operators may not experience an increase in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Construction Manager brings in $73K per year on average. Owners and Operators most often advance into Construction Project Manager and Operations Manager positions even though the median salaries are $29K lower and $39K lower, respectively.

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Owners and Operators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Sales Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Operations Management and Sales Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Competency in Operations Management frequently indicates knowledge of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $85K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $117K. Owners and Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $107K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $98K. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 27 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 38 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 33 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
National Average
$99,000
Late-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

National Average
$99,000
Sales Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 74%