Owner / Operator Salary (United States)

Owners in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—about two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $34,302 to $239,052 per year, typical earnings come to $98,926 per year. Overall cash income ranges from $39,488 near the bottom to $230,477) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $30K from bonuses and $253,419 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; 26 percent receive medical and dental insurance and 11 percent get vision insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Owners. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Owner / Operator Salary (?
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$39,488 - $230,477
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $81.55  
   
Overtime
$8.83 - $35.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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For Owners, career progression may result in largely decreased compensation. Often, a Construction Manager, an upper-level role, may earn much less than those further down the career ladder. Owners most often move into positions as Construction Project Managers or Operations Managers, where they typically take pay cuts of $29K or $39K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, salaries go from $85K to beyond six figures at $117K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $107K. After 20 years of work in the field, Owners typically earn $100K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 38 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 33 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 27 percent boast more than two decades 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%
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