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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. Jiffylube, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., and Burger King Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Directors of Operations earning around $105K, $99K, or $90K at each firm, respectively. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,208 - $141,128
(Median)
$46K
$85K
$140K
MEDIAN: $84,546
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90%

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$12.04 - $35.29
(Median)
$12
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,208 - $141,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,029  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $23,092  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,100  
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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$45,073 - $156,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,889
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $35.29  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.02  
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
$0.00 - $30,029  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,100  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $23,092  
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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$45,073 - $156,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460

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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. Going from Director of Operations to VP of Operations is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $122K. Many others choose to work as Executive Directors, where pay is typically $73K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Directors of Operations seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Process Improvement, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 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. Most people who know Operations Management also know Project Management and Budget Management. Most people who know People Management also know 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Directors of Operations. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $79K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $62K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $101K. 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 $111K.

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 (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Austin 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

Budget Management
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2378 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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%
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