Economic Definition of proprietors' income. Defined.
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Term proprietors' income Definition: The excess of revenue over explicit production cost of owner-operated businesses. While proprietorships are the namesake and most important contributory to proprietors' income, many partnerships are also included. Because proprietors or partners of owner-operated businesses generally supply several factors of production--labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship--without explicitly paying for each factor separately, the income received by the owners usually include wage, interest, rent, and profit payments. However, in most it's virtually impossible to identify what portion of the owners income is payment for each factor, so they are combined as proprietors' income.