Director of Operations Salary

Directors of Operations in search of top-notch pay will find it at Ericsson Inc., where the median salary of $162K trumps the $86K per year-national average for those in this profession. U.S. Air Force (USAF), UnitedHealth Group, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. also offer top salaries for Directors of Operations. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $114K, $113K, and $100K, respectively. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$46,859 - $143,616
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MEDIAN: $86,004
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$12.34 - $37.38
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,859 - $143,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,265  
Profit Sharing
$22.30 - $25,004  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,976  
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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$45,568 - $158,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13,914
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $37.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,265  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,976  
Profit Sharing
$22.30 - $25,004  
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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$45,568 - $158,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 567
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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 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 $179K annually. Becoming a VP of Operations is, more often than not, the most common role that Directors of Operations move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $123K. Another frequent advance is for Directors of Operations to assume an Executive Director role; in this role, workers often earn $74K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Directors of Operations report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Organizational Development and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in Project Management and Budget Management. Those who learned People Management also tend to 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Directors of Operations with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,772

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Operations, 33 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Operations will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Denver and 3 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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






Project Management
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People Management
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National Average
$89,000

Operations Management
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Program Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2285 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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