Operations Director Salary

With roughly three-fifths 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 $158K per year and averages out to $80K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Operations Directors. Ranging between $41K near the bottom and $158K near the top, total earnings can include up to $30K from bonuses and up to $23K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $99K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Operations Directors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Operations Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,608 - $142,744
(Median)
$43K
$80K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,358
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$11.74 - $35.02
(Median)
$12
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,608 - $142,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,128  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $23,154  
Commission
$1,953 - $98,633  
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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$41,028 - $158,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,867
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $35.02  
   
Overtime
$5.79 - $51.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,128  
   
Commission
$1,953 - $98,633  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $23,154  
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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$41,028 - $158,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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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While not commonly seen, Operations Directors who transition into a Chief Executive Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Executive Officers is $167K per year. 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 $122K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Operations Directors is a Non-Profit Executive Director position, where earnings are usually $59K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director


Operations Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Strategic Planning. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Operations Directors. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. Operations Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Operations Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Charlotte and 8 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
up arrow 4%

People Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$83,000

Budget Management
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Leadership
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 29%

Customer Service
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 362 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%
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