Retail Store Owner Salary

A Retail Store Owner earns an average salary of $49,438 per year.

$19,964 - $130,000
MEDIAN: $49,437

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$19,964 - $130,000  
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$19,727 - $192,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Retail Store Owner

Retail store owners usually fall into one of two categories. Either they are a franchisee or an independent store owner. The freedom allowed between the two varies vastly. As a franchisee, owners pay a substantial amount of money to a parent company in exchange for opening and operating a retail location. Franchisees have little decision-making power when it comes to inventory, items for sale, advertising, sales, and general operations. Independent retail store owners open on their own, and they have total control over their store and its concept. This freedom has a trade-off, however. Independent retail is more risky than franchises, because as a franchisee you are working with an already established, well-known brand.


Retail Store Owner Tasks

  • Hire, train, and supervise store employee team.
  • Ensure compliance with licensing, taxation, and insurance regulations and completion of required paperwork.
  • Develop and execute store’s business and marketing plans and manage store finances.
  • Oversee acquisition of store merchandise, communication with suppliers, and design displays.

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Pay by Experience Level for Retail Store Owner

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Experience Affects Retail Store Owner Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


43 %
57 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 61%