Director of Operations Salary

Though nationally Directors of Operations make an average $88K per year, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Ericsson Inc., where the average salary is around $164K. Directors of Operations can also look forward to large paychecks at UnitedHealth Group ($127K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($108K), and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. ($107K). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$48,870 - $146,534
$49K
$88K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,913
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$13.50 - $43.81
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MEDIAN: $21.67
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$0$159K
Salary $48,870 - $146,534
Bonus $978 - $30,364
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,416
Commission $1,914 - $39,866
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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$47,592 - $159,517
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11,448
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $13.50 - $43.81
Hourly Tips $0.86
Overtime $9.85 - $53.13
Annual Data $0$159K
Bonus $978 - $30,364
Commission $1,914 - $39,866
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,416
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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$47,592 - $159,517
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 577

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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

  • Implement, manage and evaluate operation processes and procedures, in accordance with the standards and procedures set out by the organization.
  • Ensure that operational processes stay within agreed upon budgets and timelines.
  • Assist in developing strategies and implementation plans to improve and standardize all aspects of operations.

Common Career Paths for Director of Operations


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Directors of Operations who transition into a Senior Vice President of Operations role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $182K per year. Becoming a VP of Operations is, more often than not, the most common role that Directors of Operations move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $124K. Another frequent advance is for Directors of Operations to assume an Executive Director role; in this role, workers often earn $75K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Operations Management also know Project Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Operations

Pay by Experience for a Director of Operations has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Operations with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 2,807 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Operations with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 3,512 salaries. An experienced Director of Operations which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 4,999 salaries. A Director of Operations with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 2,856 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,716

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, 34 percent above the national average. Directors of Operations will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+21 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent).

Director of Operations Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Operations?

Director of Operations in Madison:
"Babysitting."
Pros: Fringe Benefits.
Cons: Stress Level.

Director of Operations in Fort Collins:
Pros: Hour flexibility, working remotely, control over organization and process creation, challenging/not boring, I can do my job anywhere.
Cons: Changes all the time, working with highly technical people and explaining errors/issues, stress level, training/managing employees remotely.

Director of Operations in Fairfax:
"Pretty Good."
Pros: It's enjoyable but stressful, lots of growth potential.
Cons: Frenzied, stressful, can be difficult.

Director of Operations in Deerfield:
"Consuming, rewarding, stressful."
Pros: Problem solving. Interacting with people. Strategy. Finding creative ways to deliver value to customers.
Cons: Managing customer expectations.

Director of Operations in Frisco:
"Helping Business Run Itself."
Pros: Working with so many different personalities really opens up new social experiences. These new experiences help me become a better problem solver and improves my ability to manage people. Freedom to write my own schedule provides me with better home life management.
Cons: The more issues to deal with the more work needs to be done. Even though I write my own schedule, I will schedule myself heavy in the areas of concern to bring business back to performing on par. Stress is directly connected to how much cooperation I have with my managers. Hiring good people and getting good training can be difficult if managers have lower standards than I.

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 Atlanta:
Pros: Meeting people during the volunteer efforts.
Cons: Dealing with the scheduling of volunteers.

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Key Stats for Director of Operations

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1949 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries

▲25%

▲10%

National Average
$91,000

▼9%

▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1949 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 18%
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