Director of Operations Salary

The nationwide average salary for Directors of Operations is $85K per year, but those working at Ericsson Inc. can pull down an average $166K. Other big spenders include U.S. Air Force (USAF), Jiffylube, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., top-paying firms where Directors of Operations see paychecks nearing $114K, $105K, or $100K. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,322 - $140,697

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$12.06 - $35.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,322 - $140,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,861  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $22,136  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,971  
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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$45,088 - $155,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $35.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,861  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,971  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $22,136  
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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$45,088 - $155,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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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 go on to become Senior Vice Presidents of Operations may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Vice Presidents of Operations is $172K annually. With an annual salary of $122K, VP of Operations is the most common role for Directors of Operations to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Executive Director role — which usually pays $73K — is also typical for Directors of Operations, though less common by comparison.

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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, facility with Lean Manufacturing, Process Improvement, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 68 percent, 21 percent, and 18 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. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Budget Management. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $79K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $100K. Directors of Operations who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Directors of Operations in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Operations will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average.

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 2173 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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