Owner / Operator Salary

Owners and Operators who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up approximately two in three of Owners and Operators. Pay fluctuates from $24K to $186K per year, but expected earnings average $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Owners and Operators approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $186K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $29K from bonuses and upwards of $51K from profit sharing. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-fourth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Owners and Operators is extremely high. 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,266 - $183,513

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$9.62 - $80.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$29,266 - $183,513  
   
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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$23,967 - $185,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.62 - $80.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$23,967 - $185,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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Owners and Operators' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Construction Manager. On average, Construction Managers get paid about the same as Owners and Operators do. Owners and Operators most frequently become Construction Project Managers and Operations Managers even though median compensation is $3K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Owners and Operators only report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Sales Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management. Employees educated in Operations Management are typically practiced in Sales Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Owners and Operators make a median salary of $89K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $86K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Owner / Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 20%

National Average
$73,000


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
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 56%
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