Small Business Owner Salary (United States)

Small Business Owners with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Small Business Owners in the United States. Salaries average out to around $78,031 annually and spread from $30,633 to $231,811 per year. Total cash earnings range from $30,313 on the low end to $199,165 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $49,867 and $100K, respectively. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by around one third, and less than 10 earn vision coverage. Male Small Business Owners are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Small Business Owners who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Small Business Owner Salary (?
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$30,313 - $199,165
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MEDIAN: $78,241
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Small Business Owner Salary (?
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$13.57 - $71.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$30,313 - $199,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,867  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $97,871  
Commission
$9,826 - $44,199  
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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$30,633 - $231,811  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $71.95  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,867  
   
Commission
$9,826 - $44,199  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $97,871  
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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$30,633 - $231,811  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Common Career Paths for Small Business Owner

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For Small Business Owners, career advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Lower-level Small Business Owners may earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Business Development Manager. More commonly, Small Business Owners take pay cuts as they move into roles as Office Managers or Administrative Assistants, making $40K or $47K less per year, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Small Business Owner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries can reach $69,601 from $61K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $82K after 10 to 20 years. As Small Business Owners reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $90K. Small Business Owners with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are hardest to find.

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Experience Affects Small Business Owner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
National Average
$78,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Small Business Owner Salaries

Sales
up arrow 14%
National Average
$78,000
Project Management
up arrow 7%
Operations Management
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 66%
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