Operations Engineer Salary

Median pay for Operations Engineers in the United States is around $73K annually. In the world of Operations Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $116K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and geography are driving factors as well. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. The majority of Operations Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Operations Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,438 - $110,699
$53K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,561
10%
50%
90%

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$17.95 - $38.44
$18
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.39
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50%
90%

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$0$115K
Salary $53,438 - $110,699
Bonus $1,012 - $15,667
Profit Sharing $979 - $10,067
Total Pay (?
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$51,434 - $115,717
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 394
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $17.95 - $38.44
Overtime $27.88 - $58.08
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $1,012 - $15,667
Profit Sharing $979 - $10,067
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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$51,434 - $115,717
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 53

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Job Description for Operations Engineer

Operations engineers direct and perform tasks related to solving operational issues within their organization. They analyze and design operations that will improve work flow, handle equipment layout, and help ensure accident prevention. Operations engineers also lead training programs for employees, process cycle times and production records, and help with cost control and reduction. They are also tasked with planning, designing, and modifying current and future designs for facility and equipment layouts. Additionally, these engineers must monitor process changes after their implementation, making changes and offering additional suggestions for improvement as required. Operations engineers' hours may vary depending on the needs of their company; however, they often work during regular business hours. They often divide their time between an office and their organization's production plant.

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Operations Engineer Tasks

  • Support and design technical operations, including physical layout of equipment.
  • Coordinate and negotiate between involved parties to meet goals.
  • Lead cost savings, cleanliness, quality, or other initiatives.
  • Document existing operational processes, equipment, and processes.

Common Career Paths for Operations Engineer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Operations Engineers sometimes become Petroleum Engineers, where the average income is $103K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Engineer


For Operations Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at BASF Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $109K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Cisco Networking, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Team Leadership, Process Improvement, and Network Management / Administration. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in Engineering Design and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Operations Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Operations Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 285 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Operations Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 148 salaries. An experienced Operations Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 81 salaries. An Operations Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,211

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

Redmond offers some of the highest pay in the country for Operations Engineers, 42 percent above the national average. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+40 percent), San Jose (+29 percent), Houston (+26 percent), and San Francisco (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

Operations Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Operations Engineer?

Operations Engineer in Austin:
Pros: I love pretty much everything. The hours are great, the people are fun, interesting and intelligent and the work itself keeps me busy without being overwhelmed.
Cons: Honestly just the salary, I feel a little underpaid.

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Key Stats for Operations Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Operations Engineer Salaries

▲44%

▲30%

▲13%

National Average
$73,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
▲27%

Cisco Networking
▲14%






Lean Manufacturing
▲6%

System Administration
▲4%

SQL
▲4%

Python
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$73,000

Network Management / Administration
▼4%

Process Improvement
▼11%

Team Leadership
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 7%
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