Operations Director Salary

With nearly three in five of Operations Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $160K per year and averages out to $81K annually. Total cash compensation to Operations Directors bottoms out near $41K and approaches $160K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $30K from bonuses and almost $25K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Operations Directors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$42,409 - $145,217
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$42K
$81K
$150K
MEDIAN: $80,769
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$12.04 - $40.35
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,409 - $145,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,467  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,083  
Commission
$-0.49 - $97,871  
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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$40,958 - $159,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $40.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$6.21 - $58.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,467  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $97,871  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,083  
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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$40,958 - $159,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Job Description for Operations Director

An operations director manages the overall output of a group of workers that form an organization. The role is a generalized position that requires an ability to adapt to different issues in different departments. Typically, the operations director is heavily involved in financial planning and project schedule supervision. This includes planning for an annual budget, setting financial goals, and ensuring that everybody is on board with changes by working closely with the human resources department. An operations director works effectively not by infringing upon the management of individual projects where a manager is already assigned, but by supervising and making necessary changes to resolve issues that cannot be resolved by the departments internal solutions setup.

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Operations Director 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 Operations Director


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Though some Operations Directors move into positions like Chief Executive Officer (where the average salary is $169K), this progression is not the norm. A VP of Operations role is the most common promotion for Operations Directors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $123K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Operations Directors is a Non-Profit Executive Director position, where earnings are usually $60K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director


Operations Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, Strategy, and Information Technology Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Strategic Planning. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent in Budget Management, Strategic Planning, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Operations Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $98K. 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 $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

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35%

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-23%

National Average: $82,870

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

For Operations Directors, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+35 percent), Seattle (+32 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and San Francisco (+23 percent). Operations Directors in Austin earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Operations Director Reviews

What is it like working as an Operations Director?

Operations Director in Bowie:
Pros: I love working with our Executive Director and the work that we have accomplished over the past 3 years.
Cons: I am underpaid and feel undervalued.

Operations Director in Liberty:
"Busy."
Pros: I like meeting people from all over the country while they do what they enjoy. I enjoy the fast paced environment and the fact that I am outdoors on a regular basis.
Cons: Stress level on some occasions. I'm basically on call 24/7 and have very little help.

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Experience Affects Operations Director Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries



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Project Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$83,000

Budget Management
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Legal Compliance
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Financial Analysis
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Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 357 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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