Director, Business Operations Salary

With more than two-thirds of Directors of Business Operations in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $55K to $179K per year and averages out to $97K annually. Total cash compensation to Directors of Business Operations ranges from $55K on the lower end to $179K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $31K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Business Operations, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Directors of Business Operations (57 percent) who responded to the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,464 - $155,708

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$16.97 - $41.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,464 - $155,708  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $31,248  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $30,000  
Commission
$1,000 - $22,000  
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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$54,963 - $178,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 547
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Hourly Rate
$16.97 - $41.22  
   
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $31,248  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $22,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $30,000  
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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$54,963 - $178,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Process Improvement, Contract Negotiation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Budget Management and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Budget Management also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Business Operations

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


For Directors of Business Operations, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $78K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $92K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $103K on average. Directors of Business Operations with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Business Operations, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 62 percent above the national average. Directors of Business Operations can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+49 percent), Philadelphia (+43 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). With compensation 9 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 and Chicago (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director, Business Operations Salaries



National Average
$99,000



Skills That Affect Director, Business Operations Salaries

Business Development
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Contract Negotiation
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Project Management
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Contract Management
0%

National Average
$99,000

Operations Management
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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