Small Business Owner Salary (United States)

For Small Business Owners, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to around two in five of their $78,031 annual pay. Medical benefits are awarded to about a third, and around one in five earn dental coverage. Making up 71 percent of the field, male Small Business Owners greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Small Business Owner Salary (?
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$30,313 - $199,165
(Median)
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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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MEDIAN: $25.00
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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  
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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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Small Business Owners' salaries tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Business Development Manager get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles. Small Business Owners most often move into positions as Office Managers or Administrative Assistants, where they typically take pay cuts of $40K or $47K per year.

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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.
For Small Business Owners, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Standard salaries begin at $61K and can reach $69,601 after five to 10 years. Compensation is $82K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Small Business Owners encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $90K annually. 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.

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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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