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Director, Business Operations Salary

With approximately two in three of Directors of Business Operations in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Directors of Business Operations is $97K per year and can range from $56K on the lower end to $179K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Directors of Business Operations — which occasionally include more than $33K from bonuses and more than $29K from profit sharing — stretch from around $56K to approximately $179K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Directors of Business Operations are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Business Operations, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$56,445 - $153,963
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MEDIAN: $97,369
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$56,445 - $153,963  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,880  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $29,361  
Commission
$1,000 - $20,000  
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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$55,716 - $178,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 461
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $43.06  
   
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 - $32,880  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $29,361  
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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$55,716 - $178,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, and Project 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Business Operations — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $79K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $90K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $105K. Directors of Business Operations who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Business Operations, 54 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Business Operations will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+52 percent), Boston (+49 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Washington, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Houston and 7 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director, Business Operations Salaries



National Average
$100,000



Skills That Affect Director, Business Operations Salaries


Contract Negotiation
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Contract Management
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Project Management
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National Average
$100,000

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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%