Operations Director Salary

The majority of Operations Directors in the United States — around three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $41K to $160K per year, and the median is $81K per year. Total cash compensation to Operations Directors approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $160K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $25K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Operations Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Operations Directors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,409 - $145,217
(Median)
$42K
$81K
$150K
MEDIAN: $80,769
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$12.04 - $40.35
(Median)
$12
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$40
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 (?
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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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While Operations Directors do not often become Chief Executive Officers, the job pays $169K per year on average. 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 report using a deep pool of 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. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent in Budget Management, Strategic Planning, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The majority of those who know Project Management also know Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. Operations Directors see a median salary of $98K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Operations Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

46%

35%

32%

21%

20%

15%

-23%

National Average: $82,870

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

With a pay rate for Operations Directors that is 46 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+35 percent), Seattle (+32 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and San Francisco (+23 percent). Operations Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Operations Directors in Austin bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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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