Director of Operations Salary

The national average salary for Directors of Operations is $86K per year; by contrast, Ericsson Inc. pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $162K. Soaring salaries can also be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF), UnitedHealth Group, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where earnings of $114K, $113K, or $100K are standard for Directors of Operations.

$46,859 - $143,616
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$47K
$86K
$140K
MEDIAN: $86,004
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$12.34 - $37.38
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,859 - $143,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,265  
Profit Sharing
$22.30 - $25,004  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,976  
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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$45,568 - $158,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13,914
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $37.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.67  
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 - $30,265  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,976  
Profit Sharing
$22.30 - $25,004  
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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$45,568 - $158,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 567
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Job Description for Director of Operations

One of the major responsibilities of a director of operations is employee management, making sure as many as hundreds of individuals are productive. Directors of operations also may be in charge of making purchases related to production. Research and development are also typically overseen by a director of operations.

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Director of 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Operations


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Directors of Operations may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Vice President of Operations, where median compensation is $179K annually. Going from Director of Operations to VP of Operations is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $123K. Many others choose to work as Executive Directors, where pay is typically $74K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Directors of Operations seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Organizational Development and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know People Management also know Budget Management and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Project Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Operations

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Directors of Operations. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $112K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,772

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

Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Operations, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Directors of Operations will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Phoenix (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Director of Operations Reviews

What is it like working as a Director of Operations?

Director of Operations in Bellevue:
"The Daily Grind."
Pros: Love working with my staff and growing together. Making people's lives and areas they spend with there families more comfortable and full of light. Lighting up the neighborhoods one house at a time. See results in a short period of time.
Cons: Managing the company's cash flow and budget. High stress I bring home with me. Dealing with employees that have personal problems.

Director of Operations in Nashville:
"Overall Evaluation."
Pros: Salaried position gives me a little flexibility with my work schedule. Working with the corporate office provides support and mentoring for branch offices. Managing people and providing customer service is rewarding and challenging.
Cons: The expectation that I will be available for office staff/corporate office (President & VP)/on call people 24/7 is stressful and leads to burn out. Being on call, feeling underpaid and undervalued. Office staff and caregivers feel they are under paid and are dissatisfied with compensation and I cannot control it. Not having as much autonomy and control because the corporate office alternately gives me authority and then takes it away.

Director of Operations in Novato:
"Problems good ... Simple bad :)"
Pros: Constant new problems need solving. Very rarely do I get trapped in doing the same thing every day, but that also means all of those different things tend to become a responsibility for maintenance of any projects or programs that are put in place.
Cons: The mundane. If anyone else can solve the problem with a little effort I would prefer to avoid the situation, but in a management role at a small company there are a wide array of small simple problems that will not get solved if you don't bite the bullet and solve them.

Director of Operations in Lithopolis:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Making my own hours. Helping children and parents find quality care.
Cons: Stress, Hours put into my work day. Dealing with many different types of people.

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Director of Operations in Coon Rapids:
"Day to day operations responsible."
Pros: Challenging to meet all levels of QSC, profit plan, and build all levels of people to achieve.
Cons: Long hours, high level of stress on type of business. Threats of minimum wage, unions, health insurance....all stretch gross profit margins.

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Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Director of Operations Salaries






Project Management
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People Management
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National Average
$89,000

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Program Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2285 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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