Generous salaries abound for Chief Operations Officers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Chief Operations Officers — as high as $58K, $45K and $51K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $52K to $230K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Chief Operations Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of Chief Operations Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,773 - $200,309
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$52K
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MEDIAN: $103,895
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$11.74 - $49.66
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$51,773 - $200,309  
   
Bonus
$1,181 - $58,175  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $44,698  
Commission
$2,468 - $51,064  
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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$52,067 - $230,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 790
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$32.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,181 - $58,175  
   
Commission
$2,468 - $51,064  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $44,698  
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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$52,067 - $230,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Chief Operations Officers do not often transition into Chief Operating Officer roles. The role averages $148K per year.

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Popular Skills for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Team Leadership, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include IT Management, Project Management, and Human Resources. 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.


Chief Operations Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $82K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $98K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $120K. Chief Operations Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $154K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,523

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

For Chief Operations Officers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chief Operations Officers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+50 percent), Philadelphia (+47 percent), Washington (+29 percent), and Denver (+21 percent). Chief Operations Officers in Kansas City earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (14 percent less) and Nashville (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries



National Average
$109,000



Skills That Affect Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries


Operations Management
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Sales Management
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$109,000

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IT Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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