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Director, Business Operations Salary

Compensation for Directors of Business Operations in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($98K). Total cash compensation for Directors of Business Operations runs from $56K to $181K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $33K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Directors of Business Operations who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Directors of Business Operations report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$56,270 - $157,624
(Median)
$56K
$98K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,082
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$16.97 - $41.22
(Median)
$17
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$56,270 - $157,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,567  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $29,799  
Commission
$1,944 - $20,558  
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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$55,563 - $181,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.97 - $41.22  
   
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
$0.00 - $32,567  
   
Commission
$1,944 - $20,558  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $29,799  
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).
)
$55,563 - $181,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Director, Business Operations

The director of business operations is an employee at the senior level who oversees the provision of services or the manufacture of goods. The goal of the position is ensuring that the entire organization runs efficiently while the needs of clients and the production of goods are managed effectively. Specific duties for individuals in this position may vary. Generally speaking, the person who holds this position must monitor existing processes, analyze the effectiveness of these processes, strategize to improve efficiency and productivity, oversee existing programs for quality assurance, and supervise the hiring and training of personnel.

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Director, Business Operations Tasks

  • Assist in developing strategies and implementation plans to improve and standardize all aspects of operations.
  • Ensure that operational processes stay within agreed upon budgets and timelines.
  • Implement, manage and evaluate operation processes and procedures, in accordance with the standards and procedures set out by the organization.

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Popular Skills for Director, Business Operations


Survey results show that Directors of Business Operations use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Contract Negotiation, Project Management, and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Budget Management and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Business Operations

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


Directors of Business Operations do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $82K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. 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 $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


Directors of Business Operations will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 60 percent. Directors of Business Operations will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+49 percent), Boston (+48 percent), New York (+32 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Washington is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (9 percent lower) and Chicago (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director, Business Operations Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Director, Business Operations Salaries



Project Management
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Contract Management
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National Average
$101,000

Operations Management
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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