Average pay for a Director of Business Operations in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $97K per year. Cash earnings for Directors of Business Operations — including $35K in bonuses and $16K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $59K to $172K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Directors of Business Operations making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Directors of Business Operations like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,766 - $154,875
(Median)
$59K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $96,801
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,766 - $154,875  
   
Bonus
$255.32 - $34,572  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $16,107  
Commission
$21,500  
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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$59,117 - $171,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$27.03  
   
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$255.32 - $34,572  
   
Commission
$21,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $16,107  
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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$59,117 - $171,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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, facility with Business Development, Contract Negotiation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Business Operations

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $83K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $96K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $108K. Directors of Business Operations who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,226

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

Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Business Operations, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 70 percent above the national average. Directors of Business Operations can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+65 percent), Palo Alto (+48 percent), Boston (+33 percent), and New York (+25 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director, Business Operations Salaries



National Average
$100,000



Skills That Affect Director, Business Operations Salaries

Business Development
up arrow 40%



Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
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Process Improvement
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National Average
$100,000

Contract Management
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
up arrow 40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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