Operations Director Salary

With about three in five of Operations Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $158K per year and averages out to $85K annually. The final incomes of Operations Directors generally vary between $41K and $158K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $32K, $20K, and $30K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by experience level and geography. For the most part, Operations Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Operations Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,414 - $146,021
$44K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $85,361
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$11.92 - $40.02
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MEDIAN: $17.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$44,414 - $146,021  
   
Bonus
$1,012 - $32,073  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,888  
Commission
$979 - $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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$40,791 - $157,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,072
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $40.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.89  
Overtime
$13.60 - $48.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,012 - $32,073  
   
Commission
$979 - $29,933  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,888  
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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$40,791 - $157,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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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Operations Directors who advance into the role of a Chief Executive Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Executive Officers on average earn $170K per year. Typical career progression for an Operations Director involves becoming a VP of Operations or a Director of Operations, roles that pay $37K more and $2K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Director


Operations Directors flock to Xerox Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $131K lead the pack in compensation.

260 percent less than the top paying company, Chick-Fil-A Inc offers a median salary of just $36K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Popular Skills for Operations Director


Survey results imply that Operations Directors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 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: $86,783

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

Home to some of the best pay for Operations Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 46 percent above the national average. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+37 percent), New York (+27 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

Operations Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Operations Director

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 336 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

▲31%

▲16%

National Average
$87,000

▼9%

▼33%

Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

▲14%






People Management
▼0%

Budget Management
▼0%

National Average
$87,000








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 336 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: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 17%