The national average salary for Directors of Operations is $87K per year; by contrast, Ericsson Inc. pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $164K. Soaring salaries can also be found at UnitedHealth Group, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., and Jiffylube, where earnings of $120K, $105K, or $105K are standard for Directors of Operations. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,504 - $145,423
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MEDIAN: $86,593
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$12.98 - $40.36
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$47,504 - $145,423  
   
Bonus
$989 - $30,402  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,384  
Commission
$1,014 - $32,438  
Total Pay (?
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$45,998 - $158,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10,762
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Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $40.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.31  
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$989 - $30,402  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $32,438  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,384  
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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$45,998 - $158,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Directors of Operations sometimes become Senior Vice Presidents of Operations, where the average income is $180K per year. The most common career progression for Directors of Operations leads to becoming a VP of Operations, where average pay is $123K annually. However, many Directors of Operations also opt to become Executive Directors. Typically, an Executive Director brings home $75K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Survey results imply that Directors of Operations deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Strategic Project Management, Team Leadership, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales Management and Organizational Development also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $64K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. Directors of Operations bring in $100K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $114K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,987

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 will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and Houston (+16 percent).

Director of Operations Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Director of Operations Salaries






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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1616 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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