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Small Business Owner / Operator Salary

With about three in five of Small Business Owners and Operators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Small Business Owners and Operators is $70K annually and can range from $29K on the lower end to $176K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Small Business Owners and Operators — including $25K in bonuses and $82K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $176K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Approximately one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in six collect dental insurance. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Small Business Owners and Operators are happy with their jobs. Men make up the majority of Small Business Owners and Operators (68 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,031 - $173,239
(Median)
$29K
$70K
$170K
MEDIAN: $69,612
10%
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90%

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$10.41 - $58.88
(Median)
$10
$25
$59
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$29,031 - $173,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $81,703  
Commission
$0.00 - $131,879  
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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$29,077 - $176,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $58.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46 - $3.68  
Overtime
$6.97 - $87.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,434  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $131,879  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $81,703  
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).
)
$29,077 - $176,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257

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Job Description for Small Business Owner / Operator

Small business owners and operators work in a variety of industries such as retail goods, auto repair, home inspection, and many others. Their primary duties (outside of their respective skill or trade) include managing employees, providing customer service, promoting their business, filing and documenting appropriate business accounts, and ensuring their business meets any local, state, and federal requirements. Small business owners may work from a storefront, office space, or even from their home. Depending on the type of business, trade, or service they practice, their hours can vary; however, many organizations operate during daytime hours.

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Common Career Paths for Small Business Owner / Operator


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Small Business Owners and Operators tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Construction Manager. The two jobs pay about the same on average. It is more probable, however, that Small Business Owners and Operators become Construction Project Managers or Office Managers.

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Popular Skills for Small Business Owner / Operator


Survey results suggest that Small Business Owners and Operators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Construction Estimating, Sales Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Sales also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Leadership are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Sales, and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Small Business Owner / Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Small Business Owners and Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Small Business Owners and Operators make a median salary of $73K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $77K.

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Experience Affects Small Business Owner / Operator Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Small Business Owner / Operator Salaries

Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 67%