Operations Analyst Salary

The average Operations Analyst in the United States earns approximately $52K per year. In the world of Operations Analysts, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $75K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of Operations Analysts are male. Work is enjoyable for Operations Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,990 - $72,381
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,548
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$14.25 - $28.28
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,990 - $72,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,771  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $7,549  
Commission
$1,100 - $13,905  
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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$35,985 - $75,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.25 - $28.28  
   
Overtime
$15.27 - $42.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,771  
   
Commission
$1,100 - $13,905  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $7,549  
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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$35,985 - $75,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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Job Description for Operations Analyst

An operations analyst typically performs duties related to the development and implementation of business practices that ensure optimal performance. The specific duties of an operations analyst can be as varied as the business world itself, but generally an operations analyst is tasked with evaluating and updating procedures, practices, and operations. Operations analysts are often involved with the design, implementation, and improvement of new and existing product lines.

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Operations Analyst Tasks

  • Drive systems development and process improvements.
  • Participate in efforts to improve capabilities, process improvement and technology projects.
  • Analyze data for anomalies, trends and opportunities for improvement.
  • Complete impact analyses for all operations improvements.

Common Career Paths for Operations Analyst


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It's not very common for Operations Analysts to move on to become VPs of Operations. Average pay for a VP of Operations is $122K annually. Career advancement for the typical Operations Analyst often leads to becoming an Operations Manager or a Senior Operations Analyst; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Analyst


Bank of America Corp. (BOFA), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., and Deutsche Bank are all popular places to work. Operations Analysts flock to United Technologies Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $76K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Capital One Financial Corp, Citibank, and Barclays Capital Inc, top-paying firms where Operations Analysts see paychecks nearing $68K, $61K, or $61K.

Earnings fall especially short at The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., where the median salary of $31K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Deutsche Bank at $41K, Wells Fargo & Co. at $42K, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, where $43K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Operations Analyst


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Automation Scripting, Project Management, Business Analysis, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Process Improvement and Business Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Operations Analysts with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. On average, Operations Analysts make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Operations Analysts in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Operations Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Operations Analysts in Jacksonville earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas and St. Louis (7 percent lower).

Operations Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as an Operations Analyst?

Operations Analyst in Nashville:
"Six Sigma Focus-High Metric Retrieval."
Pros: I love that I can constantly learn in my work environment and improve my skills with technology, business, and with people. The flexibility and drive that they provide at Caterpillar have pushed me to the next level, and promoted me to improve myself everyday. I have a lot of contact with high level managers and VP;s of the company, which allows me to see the company from top to bottom, from the inside out. I also reach out globally to all the other offices we have in the world.
Cons: I would say the pay is what I currently like the least.

Operations Analyst in Chicago:
"Ops Analyst."
Pros: Process improvement and solution implementation as well as being able to test different theories on how to build a successful business.
Cons: Small company, upper management disconnect.

Operations Analyst in Fremont:
"Exciting Job, But Lots Of Work."
Pros: Fast paced environment, lots of smart coworkers, challenging.
Cons: Sometimes overworked, long commute.

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Experience Affects Operations Analyst Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Operations Analyst Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 11%



Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Process Improvement
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Accounting
0%

National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 491 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%
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