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Director of Operations Salary

With a median pay of $166K, Ericsson Inc. Directors of Operations make much more than the national average ($84K per year) for those in this field. Other leaders in compensation levels are Jiffylube at $105K, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. at $99K, and Burger King Corporation, where Directors of Operations annually earn $90K. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,268 - $140,915
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$46K
$84K
$140K
MEDIAN: $84,499
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$12.07 - $36.90
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$12
$20
$37
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,268 - $140,915  
   
Bonus
$0.48 - $30,023  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $23,816  
Commission
$0.00 - $31,182  
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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$45,226 - $156,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,732
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $36.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.48 - $30,023  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $31,182  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $23,816  
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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$45,226 - $156,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449

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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 $173K annually. The most common career progression for Directors of Operations leads to becoming a VP of Operations, where average pay is $122K annually. However, many Directors of Operations also opt to become Executive Directors. Typically, an Executive Director brings home $74K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Directors of Operations seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Strategic Planning and Process Improvement are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 18 percent and 21 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Organizational Development also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in Project Management and Budget Management. A tool kit that includes People Management also typically contains 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $63K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $79K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $100K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Operations, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Directors of Operations will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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 2440 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
38%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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