Owner / Operator Salary

With just under two-thirds of Owners and Operators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24K to $182K per year and averages out to $70K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $263K, respectively — total cash payment to Owners and Operators can bottom out near $24K or peak near $182K depending on individual performance. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,146 - $175,783
(Median)
$29K
$70K
$180K
MEDIAN: $69,681
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$9.68 - $78.35
(Median)
$9
$25
$78
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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 (?
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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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Owners and Operators tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Construction Manager. The two jobs pay about the same on average. However, Owners and Operators typically graduate to Construction Project Managers or Operations Managers.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management. Operations Management and Sales Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


Owners and Operators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $72K. Owners and Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $76K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $81K on average.

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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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