Director of Operations Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Directors of Operations, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Ericsson Inc. enjoy much larger paychecks — $166K on average versus $84K annually. Other leaders in compensation levels are U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $114K, Jiffylube at $105K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Directors of Operations annually earn $100K.

$46,337 - $140,333
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$46K
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MEDIAN: $84,479
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$12.04 - $35.86
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,337 - $140,333  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,865  
Profit Sharing
$769 - $21,712  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,029  
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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$45,146 - $155,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,068
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Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $35.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,865  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,029  
Profit Sharing
$769 - $21,712  
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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$45,146 - $155,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
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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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For Directors of Operations, progressing to a Senior Vice President of Operations role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Vice President of Operations can earn $172K annually. As Directors of Operations progress in their field, many go on to become VP of Operationss. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $122K per year. Another common career choice for Directors of Operations is to move into an Executive Director role. Typically, Executive Directors get paid $73K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Survey results imply that Directors of Operations deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 19 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. The majority of those who know People Management also know Budget Management and Project Management. Most people experienced in Operations Management also know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $79K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $100K. Directors of Operations who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Directors of Operations that is 29 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Operations can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+18 percent), New York (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Director of Operations Reviews

What is it like working as a Director of Operations at McDonald's Corporation?

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.

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.

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Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Director of Operations Salaries







Project Management
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People Management
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National Average
$88,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2239 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%
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