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 $80K annually and can range from $41K on the lower end to $159K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Operations Directors approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $159K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $23K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Operations Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Operations Directors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,480 - $142,967
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$42K
$80K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,329
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$11.79 - $34.82
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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
$42,480 - $142,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,254  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $23,154  
Commission
$1,949 - $99,329  
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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$40,875 - $158,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,884
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $34.82  
   
Overtime
$5.86 - $51.15  
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 - $30,254  
   
Commission
$1,949 - $99,329  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $23,154  
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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$40,875 - $158,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 do not often transition into Chief Executive Officer roles. The role averages $167K per year. The most common promotion for Operations Directors is VP of Operations, a position that typically pays $122K annually. Another standard transition for Operations Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Non-Profit Executive Director role, where pay is often $59K.

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Popular Skills for Operations Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 14 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Leadership also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed 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.


For many Operations Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $75K. Operations Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $98K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $110K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Operations Directors, 47 percent above the national average. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Charlotte (11 percent less).

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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People Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$83,000

Budget Management
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Leadership
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 29%

Customer Service
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 374 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: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%
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