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Operations Director Salary

With approximately three-fifths 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 annually 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 $25K, overall incomes of Operations Directors spread between $41K and $162K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Male Operations Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Most Operations Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$41,531 - $144,473
(Median)
$42K
$81K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,503
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$11.73 - $35.36
(Median)
$12
$20
$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
$41,531 - $144,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,732  
Profit Sharing
$1,518 - $24,658  
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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$40,566 - $161,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,920
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $35.36  
   
Overtime
$5.86 - $52.18  
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 - $30,732  
   
Commission
$1,939 - $100,671  
Profit Sharing
$1,518 - $24,658  
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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$40,566 - $161,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 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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Operations Directors who advance into the role of a Chief Executive Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Executive Officers on average earn $168K per year. Going from Operations Director to VP of Operations is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $122K. Many others choose to work as Non-Profit Executive Directors, where pay is typically $59K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director


Operations Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Strategy, Strategic Planning, and Information Technology Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. Those listing Microsoft Excel as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Leadership and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Strategic Planning. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $75K. For Operations Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Operations Directors, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+24 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Los Angeles and 8 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Team Leadership
up arrow 13%

Information Technology (IT) Support
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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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Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%





Leadership
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 434 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
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%