The other gray area is what you consider NET. Some owners figure NET before owners salary - which is fine if the owner doesn't do any work. If you look at the whole picture in a true business model perspective, you need to at least figure out the cost of replacing yourself with an employee and subtract that out. What you are left with is true profit. Some guys could "net" 50K but work in the field 70 hrs a week, and others could "net" 50K and hardly lift a finger because of their employees. I'm just saying don't get too caught up on what other people are making - numbers aren't all equal. Do what you enjoy and make your dreams come true - whatever they may be.