Director of Operations Salary

For Directors of Operations, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Ericsson Inc., where the average employee brings in around $166K relative to the national average of $85K annually for those in this line of work. Other employers shelling out big bucks include U.S. Air Force (USAF), Jiffylube, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Directors of Operations typically earn around $114K, $105K, or $100K, respectively. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,340 - $140,612
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$46K
$85K
$140K
MEDIAN: $84,669
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$12.06 - $36.00
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$12
$19
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,340 - $140,612  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,843  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $21,931  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,029  
Total Pay (?
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$45,117 - $155,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,130
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Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $36.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,843  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,029  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $21,931  
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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$45,117 - $155,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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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 who transition into a Senior Vice President of Operations role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $172K per year. More often than not, a VP of Operations role is the next step for Directors of Operations moving up in the field. VPs of Operations usually make $122K per year. Many other Directors of Operations choose to take on an Executive Director role, where salaries are typically $73K.

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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 17 percent and 20 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Organizational Development also typically command lower compensation. People who know People Management usually also know Budget Management and Project Management. Most people who know 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.


Directors of Operations with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $100K on average. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $111K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Directors of Operations, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Operations can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+18 percent), New York (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+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 2208 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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