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Operations Director Salary (United States)

About 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 $157K per year, but standard earnings come to around $80K annually. Overall incomes of Operations Directors — including $30K bonuses, $25K profit sharing proceeds, and $34K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $41K and $157K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Operations Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Operations Director Salary (?
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$42,526 - $141,374
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MEDIAN: $80,322
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Operations Director Salary (?
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$11.11 - $35.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,526 - $141,374  
   
Bonus
$833 - $30,308  
Profit Sharing
$1,301 - $24,555  
Commission
$1,030 - $33,935  
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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$41,263 - $156,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $35.82  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $53.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$833 - $30,308  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$1,301 - $24,555  
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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$41,263 - $156,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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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It's not very common for Operations Directors to move on to become Chief Executive Officers. Typical pay for a Chief Executive Officer is $167K annually. 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

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Legal Compliance, People Management, and Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 14 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Information Technology Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Project Management also 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.
For many Operations Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $56K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $76K. Operations Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $99K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $109K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Operations Directors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Seattle
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Denver
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Dallas
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Boston
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San Francisco
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Atlanta
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National Average
$83,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Operations Directors will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Operations Directors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+21 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+18 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Operations Director Salaries

National Average
$83,000

Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$83,000
Operations Management
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Financial Analysis
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Technical Writing
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1188 votes.

Gender

Female
40%
female alumni
 
Male
60%
male alumni

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: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%