Salaries for Chief Operations Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Chief Operations Officers — as high as $52K, $45K and $48K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $51K to $226K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Chief Operations Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Chief Operations Officers (61 percent) survey respondents are men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,685 - $198,555
$52K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $104,151
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$11.81 - $48.94
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$51,685 - $198,555  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $52,126  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $45,150  
Commission
$2,575 - $48,479  
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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$51,325 - $226,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 783
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$31.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,021 - $52,126  
   
Commission
$2,575 - $48,479  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $45,150  
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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$51,325 - $226,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


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It's not very common for Chief Operations Officers to move on to become Chief Operating Officers. Average pay for a Chief Operating Officer is $149K annually.

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Popular Skills for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


Chief Operations Officers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include IT Management, Human Resources, and Project Management. Most people familiar with Leadership also know Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

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


For many Chief Operations Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $78K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $98K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $121K on average. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $155K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,098

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chief Operations Officers will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Chief Operations Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+36 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Denver (+21 percent), and San Diego (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Nashville. Workers in Los Angeles and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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