Operations Director Salary

Three in five of Operations Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $41K to $161K per year, but median earnings come to around $86K per year. Total cash incomes of Operations Directors run from $41K to $161K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $33K, profit sharing that reaches $20K, and some commissions of nearly $30K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and geographic location. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Operations Directors making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Most Operations Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$44,773 - $147,513
$45K
$86K
$150K
MEDIAN: $85,906
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$11.98 - $43.63
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MEDIAN: $17.70
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$0$160K
Salary $44,773 - $147,513
Bonus $1,001 - $33,350
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,678
Commission $-0.49 - $29,933
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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$40,961 - $160,786
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,309
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $11.98 - $43.63
Hourly Tips $8.89
Overtime $13.32 - $48.68
Annual Data $0$160K
Bonus $1,001 - $33,350
Commission $-0.49 - $29,933
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,678
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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$40,961 - $160,786
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 161

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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

  • Implement, manage and evaluate operation processes and procedures, in accordance with the standards and procedures set out by the organization.
  • Ensure that operational processes stay within agreed upon budgets and timelines.
  • Assist in developing strategies and implementation plans to improve and standardize all aspects of operations.

Common Career Paths for Operations Director


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Though not the most common occurrence, Operations Directors sometimes become Chief Executive Officers, where the average income is $170K per year. It is quite typical for Operations Directors to transition into roles as VPs of Operations or Directors of Operations, where reported median earnings are $36K and $1K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Director


Those at Xerox Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $131K.

With a median salary of only $36K (260 percent lower than the top payer), Chick-Fil-A Inc lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Operations Director


Survey takers working as Operations Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Operations Management also know Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Director

Pay by Experience for an Operations Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Operations Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 584 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Operations Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 713 salaries. An experienced Operations Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 950 salaries. An Operations Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 579 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,467

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

Surpassing the national average by 45 percent, Operations Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), New York (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Baltimore. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (3 percent lower) and Atlanta (1 percent lower).

Operations Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Operations Director?

Operations Director in Valencia:
"Love it!"
Pros: I get to influence the day to day operations of the company.
Cons: There is no bad. I love my job. P.

Operations Director in Philadelphia:
"Learn Everyday."
Pros: Always something to learn.
Cons: Long, grueling hours.

Operations Director in Jacksonville:
"Figure Head."
Pros: Schedule flexibility, independency, work environment, investment experience and learning, compliance knowledge and hands on experience.
Cons: Being a figure head and not actually have power to accomplish the job you're assigned to do. Such a small team, it is easy to misinterpret your actual role and communications falls apart. Lack of leadership and operational structure from top management.

Operations Director in Atlanta:
"Great."
Pros: Flexiable great owners.
Cons: Not much Bad.

Operations Director in New York:
"People management."
Pros: Working and interacting with everyone.
Cons: Not having IT support.

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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Key Stats for Operations Director

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 399 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Operations Director Salaries

▲30%

▲16%

National Average
$87,000

▼10%

▼33%

Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

▲13%






National Average
$87,000

People Management
▼1%

Budget Management
▼1%








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 399 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%
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