Director of Operations Salary

With a median pay of $164K, Ericsson Inc. Directors of Operations make much more than the national average ($87K annually) for those in this field. Soaring salaries can also be found at UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where earnings of $125K, $108K, or $105K are standard for Directors of Operations. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$48,029 - $145,426
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$87K
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MEDIAN: $86,867
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$13.06 - $41.95
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MEDIAN: $21.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,029 - $145,426  
   
Bonus
$987 - $30,247  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,638  
Commission
$1,012 - $35,889  
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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$46,390 - $158,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10,898
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $41.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09  
Overtime
$1.20 - $49.19  
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
$987 - $30,247  
   
Commission
$1,012 - $35,889  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,638  
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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$46,390 - $158,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 548

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Vice President of Operations. The latter position pays an average of $181K 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 $75K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Directors of Operations seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Leadership, Process Improvement, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and Organizational Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent 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.


Directors of Operations with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $64K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $82K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $100K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $114K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,395

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

Directors of Operations will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Directors of Operations can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), and New York (+19 percent).

Director of Operations Reviews

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

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 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 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 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.

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.

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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 1681 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries

▲27%

▲12%

National Average
$89,000

▼8%

▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1681 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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