Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salary

Close to three-fifths of Restaurant Owners in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $30K to $169K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. Total cash compensation to Restaurant Owners approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $169K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $28K from bonuses and upwards of $61K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Restaurant Owners (58 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Restaurant Owners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in four collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,643 - $147,204
$30K
$61K
$150K
MEDIAN: $60,505
10%
50%
90%

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$10.00 - $64.00
$26
MEDIAN: $26.00
50%

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$0$168K
Salary $29,643 - $147,204
Bonus $0.00 - $27,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $60,500
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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$30,089 - $168,700
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $26.00
Hourly Tips $1.96
Overtime $1.00
Annual Data $0$168K
Bonus $0.00 - $27,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $60,500
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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$30,089 - $168,700
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

The owner/operator of a restaurant is typically the top manager of either a privately owned or franchised location. He or she normally supervises middle managers to ensure that the restaurant meets quality and safety standards. The owner/operator also helps ensure accounting and bookkeeping is performed accurately. Additionally, they oversee day-to-day operations, interacting with staff and guests.

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Owner / Operator, Restaurant Tasks

  • Oversee the operation of a restaurant, and coordinate employees and processes to ensure the restaurant runs efficiently.
  • Maintain standards for food and service quality, safety, and sanitation.
  • Manage the restaurant's administration, finances, and budget, working to ensure the establishment stays profitable.
  • Ensure the restaurant building, facilities, and grounds are maintained and meet government regulations.
  • Hire, train, and supervise restaurant managers, determine their duties, and evaluate their performance.

Common Career Paths for Owner / Operator, Restaurant


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As Restaurant Owners transition into upper-level roles like Food and Beverage Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Food and Beverage Directors earn the same amount as Restaurant Owners on average. Restaurant Owners most frequently advance into Restaurant General Manager and Restaurant Manager roles even though the median salaries are $21K lower and $27K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Pay by Experience for an Owner / Operator, Restaurant has a positive trend. An entry-level Owner / Operator, Restaurant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 43 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Owner / Operator, Restaurant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Owner / Operator, Restaurant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 49 salaries. An Owner / Operator, Restaurant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 37 salaries.

Owner / Operator, Restaurant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Owner / Operator, Restaurant?

Owner / Operator, Restaurant in Seattle:
"Demanding."
Pros: The independence to set my own schedule, determine who I hire and fire.
Cons: The stress and long hours.

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Key Stats for Owner / Operator, Restaurant

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
▲13%

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Owner / Operator, Restaurant Salaries

People Management
▲3%

National Average
$66,000

Payroll Administration
▼21%

Operations Management
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 66%
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