Owner / Operator Salary

Owners and Operators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $81K annually on average but can range from $26K to $195K per year. Total incomes of Owners and Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $29K from bonuses and close to $51K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $195K. Approximately one-third enjoy medical while close to one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in seven. Most Owners and Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Owners and Operators who answered the questionnnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,363 - $192,349
(Median)
$30K
$81K
$190K
MEDIAN: $80,968
10%
50%
90%

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$9.73 - $81.35
(Median)
$9
$29
$81
MEDIAN: $29.00
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
$30,363 - $192,349  
   
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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$25,511 - $195,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $81.35  
   
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).
)
$25,511 - $195,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 who move into a Construction Manager role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Construction Managers earn $73K a year on average. A lot of Owners and Operators advance their careers by becoming Construction Project Managers and Operations Managers. However, those positions offer $12K less and $23K less per year on average.

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Owners and Operators who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. Many workers who know Operations Management also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $81K. Owners and Operators bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $91K.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 8%

National Average
$82,000


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
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 67%
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