Owner / Operator Salary

The majority of Owners and Operators in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $24K to $182K per year, and the median is $70K annually. Total incomes of Owners and Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $263K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $24K and $182K. 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. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while nearly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in five. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,146 - $175,783
(Median)
$29K
$70K
$180K
MEDIAN: $69,681
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90%

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$9.68 - $78.35
(Median)
$9
$25
$78
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$29,146 - $175,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,730  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $263,223  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$24,115 - $181,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate 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$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $78.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.18  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,730  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $263,223  
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).
)
$24,115 - $181,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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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As Owners and Operators make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Construction Manager position pays around the same amount as the Owner or Operator job on average. Becoming a Construction Project Manager or an Operations Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for Owners and Operators.

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Owners and Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. Sales Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management. Experience with Operations Management is often linked with knowledge of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Owners and Operators. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $52K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $72K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $81K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 12%

National Average
$71,000


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
18%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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