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Small Business Owner Salary (United States)

Commissions form a big slice (just over a half) of total compensation for Small Business Owners. The median income in this area hovers around $80K. Cash earnings for Small Business Owners — including $51K in bonuses and $80K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $241K depending on individual performance. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Small Business Owners greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Small Business Owner Salary (?
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$30,636 - $199,667
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $79,177
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Small Business Owner Salary (?
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$12.00 - $70.00
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$30,636 - $199,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,419  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $80,000  
Commission
$10,000 - $65,000  
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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$30,825 - $241,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $70.00  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,419  
   
Commission
$10,000 - $65,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $80,000  
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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$30,825 - $241,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Small Business Owner

Small business owners are the financial and/or executive heads of small business. Their duties can be as simple as serving as the profit-maker of the business and delegating authority to a management team; however, many small business owners are constantly engaged in growing and operating their business.
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Common Career Paths for Small Business Owner

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Small Business Owners tend not to experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Marketing Director. That job pays about the same on average. Small Business Owners most frequently advance into Office Manager and Administrative Assistant roles even though the median salaries are $42K lower and $49K lower, respectively.

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Small Business Owners who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Sales can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 57 percent above average. Operations Management and Project Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Small Business Owner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Small Business Owners, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $62K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $69K. Small Business Owners see a median salary of $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Small Business Owners who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $97K.

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Experience Affects Small Business Owner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$80,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Small Business Owner Salaries

Sales
up arrow 57%
National Average
$80,000
Project Management
up arrow 9%
Operations Management
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 64%