Operations Director Salary

Operations Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $80K per year, but may range from $41K to $158K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $23K, respectively — total cash payment to Operations Directors can bottom out near $41K or peak near $158K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Operations Directors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Operations Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,241 - $142,597

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$11.78 - $34.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,241 - $142,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,090  
Profit Sharing
$1,024 - $23,000  
Commission
$1,226 - $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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$40,837 - $158,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,879
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $34.89  
   
Overtime
$5.86 - $51.15  
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 - $30,090  
   
Commission
$1,226 - $97,871  
Profit Sharing
$1,024 - $23,000  
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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$40,837 - $158,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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 it's uncommon, some Operations Directors move into roles as Chief Executive Officers, where pay is an average $167K per year. More often than not, a VP of Operations role is the next step for Operations Directors moving up in the field. VPs of Operations usually make $122K per year. Many other Operations Directors choose to take on a Non-Profit Executive Director role, where salaries are typically $59K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director


Survey results imply that Operations Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 16 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. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Budget Management, Strategic Planning, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Director

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


Operations Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Operations Directors make a median salary of $99K. Operations Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $110K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Operations Directors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). Operations Directors in Austin make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Charlotte and 9 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
$82,000



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
$82,000

Budget Management
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Leadership
up arrow 21%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 40%

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
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%
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