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Director, Business Operations Salary

Wages for Directors of Business Operations in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. Total cash compensation to Directors of Business Operations varies from $56K to $180K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $31K each. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men working as Directors of Business Operations who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,223 - $155,955
(Median)
$56K
$99K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,581
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$15.46 - $42.66
(Median)
$15
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$56,223 - $155,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $31,310  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $29,900  
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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$55,777 - $179,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $42.66  
   
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $31,310  
   
Commission
$1,944 - $20,558  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $29,900  
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).
)
$55,777 - $179,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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, skills in Process Improvement, Contract Management, 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. The majority of those 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $81K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $94K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 58 percent, Directors of Business Operations in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Business Operations will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+47 percent), Boston (+46 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). In Washington, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Chicago and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Director, Business Operations Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Director, Business Operations Salaries



Contract Negotiation
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National Average
$102,000

Project Management
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Operations Management
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

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