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Director of Operations Salary

Directors of Operations usually earn approximately $84K per year in the United States, but Ericsson Inc. offers a significantly higher median of $166K. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, and Amedisys Home Health Care also offer top salaries for Directors of Operations. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $99K, $84K, and $77K, respectively. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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Salary
$46,409 - $140,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,916  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $20,956  
Commission
$0.00 - $31,027  
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$45,418 - $155,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,601
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$11.81 - $35.71  
   
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$0.00 - $45.79  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,916  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $31,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $20,956  
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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$45,418 - $155,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 402
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Directors of Operations move into roles as Senior Vice Presidents of Operations, where pay is an average $173K per year. The most common promotion for Directors of Operations is VP of Operations, a position that typically pays $122K annually. Another standard transition for Directors of Operations seeking advancement is to assume an Executive Director role, where pay is often $74K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Directors of Operations report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Process Improvement, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Organizational Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Operations Management also know Project Management and Budget Management. Most people familiar with People Management also know Budget Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Operations

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


For many Directors of Operations, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $62K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $79K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $100K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Directors of Operations in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Directors of Operations will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 8 percent below the national average.

Director of Operations Reviews

What is it like working as a Director of Operations?

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Director of Operations Salaries








Project Management
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National Average
$87,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2338 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 15%