Nearly three-fifths 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 $85K annually. Total incomes of Operations Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $34K from bonuses and close to $24K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $161K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and location. The majority of Operations Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Operations Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,266 - $146,978
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MEDIAN: $85,058
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$12.06 - $39.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$43,266 - $146,978  
   
Bonus
$1,015 - $34,245  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,024  
Commission
$974 - $30,913  
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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$40,679 - $160,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,990
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Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $39.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$16.94  
Overtime
$15.51 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,015 - $34,245  
   
Commission
$974 - $30,913  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,024  
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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$40,679 - $160,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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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There are some Operations Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Executive Officers, where earnings are an average $170K annually. It is quite typical for Operations Directors to transition into roles as VPs of Operations or Directors of Operations, where reported median earnings are $37K and $2K higher per year.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Xerox Corporation offers the most; Operations Directors earn $131K on average there.

Earnings fall especially short at Chick-Fil-A Inc, where the median salary of $36K is the lowest in the field, 265 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Operations Director


Operations Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 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. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Strategic Planning, Budget Management, 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.


Operations Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $57K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $100K on average. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $119K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,680

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

For those looking to make money, Operations Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+39 percent), San Diego (+32 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Seattle (+21 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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
$87,000



Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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