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Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Operations Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. In the world of Chief Operations Officers, overall income ranges from $52K near the bottom to $226K at the top; this can include more than $54K from bonuses and more than $46K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Most Chief Operations Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Chief Operations Officers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,553 - $195,639
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MEDIAN: $104,566
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$14.05 - $36.32
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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$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$53,553 - $195,639  
   
Bonus
$0.50 - $54,049  
Profit Sharing
$1,196 - $45,615  
Commission
$0.00 - $60,820  
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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$51,664 - $225,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $36.32  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $54.68  
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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.50 - $54,049  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $60,820  
Profit Sharing
$1,196 - $45,615  
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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$51,664 - $225,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Chief operations officers (COO) are in charge of planning and overseeing all the company operations and projects. They are responsible for creating operation strategies to increase profitability of their organization, and they actively participate in corporate efforts to increase brand loyalty. They work closely with the chief financial officer to create transparency in expenses and financial reports. COOs also implement new marketing initiatives and measure their effectiveness, as well as create company-wide policies to boost productivity. They also help develop or guide internal training programs for new products or services.

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Chief Operations Officer (COO) Tasks

  • Implement the strategies set by the Board of Directors and the CEO.
  • Improve operating procedures to increase profits and/or make the organization more efficient.
  • Direct the day to day operations of the organization.

Common Career Paths for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


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While not commonly seen, Chief Operations Officers who transition into a Chief Operating Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Operating Officers is $149K per year.

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Popular Skills for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


Chief Operations Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Corporate Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources and IT Management. Those educated in Leadership tend to be well versed in Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $78K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $99K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $119K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $140K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Operations Officers, 91 percent above the national average. Chief Operations Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+41 percent), Atlanta (+37 percent), New York (+35 percent), and Miami (+31 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries



National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries



Business Development
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$111,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 20%
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