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Average Small Business Owner / Operator Salary

$64,603
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,084
Bonus
$25,461
Commission
$14,816
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Small Business Owner / Operator is $64,603.
10%
$30k
MEDIAN
$65k
90%
$149k
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$30k - $149k
Bonus
$200 - $43k
Profit Sharing
$242 - $101k
Commission
$4k - $124k
Total Pay
$30k - $155k
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What Do Small Business Owner / Operators Do?

Small Business Owner / Operator Tasks
  • Oversee company operations, directing production, sales, administrative, and/or distribution activities.
  • Oversee and/or assist with personnel management, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Oversee and/or assist with client acquisition and marketing strategies.
  • Develop and/or assist with company-wide policies, procedures, objectives, and business strategies.
  • Direct and review financial activities, measuring productivity, setting prices, and/or managing budgets.

Job Satisfaction for Small Business Owner / Operator

4.5 out of 5
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Popular Employer Salaries for Small Business Owner / Operator

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Small Business Owner / Operators?

Skills in Operations Management, Leadership, Sales and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Small Business Owner / Operators?

An entry-level Small Business Owner / Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $57,115 based on 27 salaries. An early career Small Business Owner / Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,819 based on 357 salaries. A mid-career Small Business Owner / Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,176 based on 299 salaries. An experienced Small Business Owner / Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,898 based on 572 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $78,119.
Employees with Small Business Owner / Operator in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 52.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (22.4% more) and Seattle, Washington (8.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (30.3% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,058 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.3%
Early Career
17.3%
Mid Career
14.5%
Experienced
27.8%
Late Career
39.0%