Operations Administrator Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Operations Administrators in the United States typically comes in around $41,493 per year. Pay ranges from $28,710 on the low end to $66,743 per year on the higher side. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Operations Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Operations Administrator Salary (?
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$30,597 - $68,223
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MEDIAN: $43,771
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Operations Administrator Salary (?
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$12.00 - $22.71
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,597 - $68,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,544  
Profit Sharing
$585 - $8,430  
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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$28,710 - $66,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 654
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $22.71  
   
Overtime
$16.61 - $33.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$585 - $8,430  
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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$28,710 - $66,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 331
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Job Description for Operations Administrator

An operations administrator directs physical or technical operations for their organization, helping ensure maximum efficiency and profitability. In fields such as manufacturing and transportation, an operations administrator works primarily to ensure that methods and standards are safe, effective, and efficient. For example, an operations administrator who oversees an assembly line is in charge of keeping production running smoothly, while also looking for ways to cut delays and maximize production. A technical operations administrator, on the other hand, deals specifically with managing organizational technology and technical equipment, implementing new strategies for increased productivity, and resolving technical issues that arise. This means installing and monitoring computers, office networks, mobile technology, and other essential tools.
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Operations Administrator Tasks
  • Coordinate project and operations audits, inventories, and shipments.
  • Schedule, track, and provide support materials for meetings and project events.
  • Liaise with other departments and vendors to obtain and update project information or materials.
  • Communicate about each project's status within the operations department, including to executives and program managers.
  • Assist customers and handle general inquiries.

Common Career Paths for Operations Administrator

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For Operations Administrators, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like an Operations Manager will earn an extra $16,821 annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Operations Administrator

Operations Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Operations Management, Project Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 11 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Office Administration. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Operations Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Operations Administrators with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. At career start, salaries are typically $38K, which grows to $44K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $48K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Operations Administrators after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Operations Administrators, 28 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Boston, top-paying cities where Operations Administrators see paychecks higher than average (+17 percent, +17 percent, +6 percent, and +4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 18 percent below the national average. Houston and San Jose are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -18 percent and -17 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Operations Administrator Salaries

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$41,000

Skills That Affect Operations Administrator Salaries

Human Resources
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Data Analysis
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Accounting
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Content Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%