Operations Director Salary (United States)

Seasoned employees—those with more than 10 years of experience in the field—make up the largest chunk of Operations Directors in the United States, approximately two-thirds. There is a range in pay— $41,263 to $156,509 per year—with average salary amounting to $83,173 per year. With some bonuses running north of $30K, profit sharing proceeds occasionally surpassing $25K, and select commissions of $34K, total income for Operations Directors can range between from $42,526 to $141,374 according to individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Job satisfaction for Operations Directors is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,526 - $141,374
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Operations Director Salary (?
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$11.11 - $35.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,526 - $141,374  
   
Bonus
$833 - $30,308  
Profit Sharing
$1,301 - $24,555  
Commission
$1,030 - $33,935  
Total Pay (?
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$41,263 - $156,509  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,534
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Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $35.82  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $53.46  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$833 - $30,308  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$1,301 - $24,555  
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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$41,263 - $156,509  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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 earn an additional $84K per year. The most common promotion for Operations Directors, a VP of Operations position brings in an extra $38K annually. Another standard transition for Operations Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Non-Profit Executive Director role, where pay often drops by $24K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director

Operations Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Legal Compliance, People Management, and Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 14 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Information Technology (IT) Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Strategic Planning. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent in 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.
For Operations Directors, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Starting out, salaries fall in the $56K range but grow to $77K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $100K after 10 to 20 years. Operations Directors who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $109K. Operations Directors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$83,000
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For Operations Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+21 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

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Experience Affects Operations Director Salaries

National Average
$83,000

Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

Project Management
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$83,000
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Technical Writing
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
40%
female alumni
 
Male
60%
male alumni

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: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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