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Operations Director Salary

Operations Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with roughly three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $81K per year on average but can range from $41K to $162K per year. With some bonuses approaching $31K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $24K, overall incomes of Operations Directors spread between $41K and $162K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Operations Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. For the most part, Operations Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,430 - $144,236
(Median)
$42K
$81K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,648
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$11.84 - $35.11
(Median)
$12
$19
$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
$42,430 - $144,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,685  
Profit Sharing
$1,439 - $23,700  
Commission
$1,944 - $100,000  
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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$40,934 - $161,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,890
National Hourly Rate 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$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $35.11  
   
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 - $30,685  
   
Commission
$1,944 - $100,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,439 - $23,700  
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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$40,934 - $161,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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 sometimes assume positions such as Chief Executive Officers. That role pays $168K per year on average. As Operations Directors progress in their field, many go on to become VP of Operationss. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $122K per year. Another common career choice for Operations Directors is to move into a Non-Profit Executive Director role. Typically, Non-Profit Executive Directors get paid $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, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 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). Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Director

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


Operations Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $112K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Operations Directors, Miami offers exceptional salaries, 49 percent above the national average. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+46 percent), New York (+31 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), and Dallas (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Los Angeles and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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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Operations Management
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National Average
$83,000

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Financial Analysis
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Leadership
up arrow 23%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 29%

Customer Service
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 399 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: 53% employee benefits None: 16%
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