Chief Operating Officers with Project Management skills can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $115K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Chief Operating Officers with Project Management skills, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $65K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $107K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $60K and $246K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and around half claim dental coverage as well. Male Chief Operating Officers with Project Management skills who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,156 - $195,725
MEDIAN: $115,447

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National Salary Data (?
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$50,156 - $195,725  
$984 - $64,595  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $106,654  
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).
$60,200 - $245,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $72K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $119K. On average, Chief Operating Officers with Project Management skills make $129K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $151K.

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Experience Affects Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


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60 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 26%