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Operations Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Operations Engineers earn an average of $73K annually. In the world of Operations Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $116K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $30K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Operations Engineers. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,679 - $111,347
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,665
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50%
90%

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$14.36 - $49.11
(Median)
$14
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,679 - $111,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,419  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $29,900  
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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$48,536 - $116,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $49.11  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $71.52  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,419  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $29,900  
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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$48,536 - $116,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Survey results imply that Operations Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Engineering Design, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Team Leadership, System Administration, and Shell Scripting. The majority of those who know Operations Management also know Engineering Design and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Engineer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. Operations Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Operations Engineers, 47 percent above the national average. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+35 percent), New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Chicago (14 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Experience Affects Operations Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 24%


National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 25%


up arrow 13%

Python
up arrow 13%


Project Management
up arrow 1%

Lean Manufacturing
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National Average
$74,000

FreeBSD
up arrow 9%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 11%

System Administration
up arrow 14%

Team Leadership
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%
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