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Operations Director Salary

With around three in five of Operations Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Operations Directors is $81K per year and can range from $41K on the lower end to $162K per year near the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $31K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $24K, overall incomes of Operations Directors spread between $41K and $162K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Operations Directors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,316 - $144,388
(Median)
$42K
$81K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,868
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$11.80 - $35.21
(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
$42,316 - $144,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,774  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $23,958  
Commission
$1,939 - $100,671  
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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$40,990 - $161,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,878
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $35.21  
   
Overtime
$5.86 - $51.15  
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 - $30,774  
   
Commission
$1,939 - $100,671  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $23,958  
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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$40,990 - $161,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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 Operations Directors do not often become Chief Executive Officers, the job pays $168K per year on average. The most common promotion for Operations Directors is VP of Operations, a position that typically pays $122K annually. Another standard transition for Operations Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Non-Profit Executive Director role, where pay is often $59K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Strategic Planning, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Microsoft Excel as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Leadership and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Strategic Planning. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Operations Directors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. Operations Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $99K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Operations Directors, working in the bustling city of Miami has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+46 percent), New York (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+27 percent), and Dallas (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Los Angeles and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Operations Director Reviews

What is it like working as an Operations Director?

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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Operations Management
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National Average
$83,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Budget Management
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Financial Analysis
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Team Leadership
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Leadership
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 402 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
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%
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