Owner / Operator Salary

About two-thirds of Owners and Operators in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $24K to $187K per year, and the average comes out to $72K annually. In the world of Owners and Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $187K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $29K and $51K, respectively. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Owners and Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in four collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Owners and Operators is extremely high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,356 - $184,441
(Median)
$29K
$72K
$180K
MEDIAN: $72,426
10%
50%
90%

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$9.61 - $80.27
(Median)
$9
$25
$80
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
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$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$29,356 - $184,441  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,441  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $50,684  
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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$24,004 - $186,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $80.27  
   
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 - $29,441  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $50,684  
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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$24,004 - $186,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Construction Manager. Construction Managers on average make about as much as Owners and Operators do. Owners and Operators most frequently advance into Construction Project Manager and Operations Manager roles even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Owners and Operators who took the survey. Sales Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Operations Management. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $59K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. Owners and Operators see a median salary of $92K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Owners and Operators who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $90K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 19%

National Average
$74,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 58%
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