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Operations Director Salary (United States)

Operations Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K annually, but may range from $41K to $162K per year. In the world of Operations Directors, total cash compensation ranges from $41K on the lower end to $162K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $31K and profit sharing that approaches $23K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $40K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Operations Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Operations Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Operations Director Salary (?
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$42,086 - $144,091
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MEDIAN: $81,060
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Operations Director Salary (?
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$11.57 - $36.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,086 - $144,091  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $30,740  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $23,091  
Commission
$1,007 - $39,732  
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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$40,810 - $162,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.57 - $36.34  
   
Overtime
$5.94 - $53.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$486.45 - $30,740  
   
Commission
$1,007 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $23,091  
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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$40,810 - $162,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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

Survey results imply that Operations Directors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Strategy, Information Technology Support, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 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. Most people who know Project Management also know Strategic Planning. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of 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.
Operations Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $101K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $112K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$84,000
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For Operations Directors, Denver provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+32 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), and Phoenix (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Minneapolis and Austin (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Operations Director Salaries

National Average
$84,000

Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

Information Technology (IT) Support
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People Management
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Project Management
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National Average
$84,000
Operations Management
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Financial Analysis
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Budget Management
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Technical Writing
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Microsoft Excel
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 761 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%