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Owner / Operator Salary

Just under 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 $29K to $207K per year, and the average comes out to $86K annually. Final cash compensation to Owners and Operators varies from around $29K to approximately $207K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $248K, respectively. Just under a third enjoy medical while roughly a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly an eighth. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Owners and Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,105 - $204,496
(Median)
$34K
$86K
$200K
MEDIAN: $85,917
10%
50%
90%

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$9.65 - $83.40
(Median)
$9
$35
$83
MEDIAN: $35.00
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$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$34,105 - $204,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,933  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $248,323  
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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$29,351 - $206,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate 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$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $83.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.38  
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $248,323  
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).
)
$29,351 - $206,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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 see a slight downturn in earnings as they move into roles like Construction Manager, where pay is $73K on average. Owners and Operators most often move into Construction Project Manager or Operations Manager roles. However, the former pays $19K less on average, and the latter pays $29K less.

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Professional skills reported by Owners and Operators are few in number. Sales Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $85K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $100K. For some reason, Owners and Operators with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $92K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$89,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
0%

National Average
$89,000


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
19%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 72%
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