Director, Business Operations Salary

The majority of Directors of Business Operations in the United States — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $55K to $179K per year, and the median is $97K per year. Total cash earnings of Directors of Business Operations range from $55K on the low end to $179K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $32K and $30K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Directors of Business Operations (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$55,326 - $155,678
(Median)
$55K
$97K
$160K
MEDIAN: $97,066
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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$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,326 - $155,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,081  
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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$54,833 - $178,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,081  
   
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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$54,833 - $178,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Directors of Business Operations seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Business Development, Process Improvement, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 11 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. 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 who know 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.


Directors of Business Operations with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $78K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $92K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $103K. Directors of Business Operations who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $106K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Directors of Business Operations in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 62 percent above the national average. Directors of Business Operations will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+49 percent), Philadelphia (+43 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). In Washington, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Houston and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent less).

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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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Project Management
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Contract Management
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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: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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