Operations Engineer Salary

Operations Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $73K per year. Total cash compensation for Operations Engineers runs from $49K to $117K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Operations Engineers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$50,111 - $112,024
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $72,827
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$14.51 - $46.91
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$50,111 - $112,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,428  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $30,100  
Total Pay (?
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$48,643 - $116,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 523
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $46.91  
   
Overtime
$18.29 - $60.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,428  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $30,100  
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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$48,643 - $116,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Engineering Design, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 20 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Operations Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Operations Engineers make a median salary of $91K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent), New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Chicago (12 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
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National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
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Python
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Project Management
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Lean Manufacturing
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National Average
$74,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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FreeBSD
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Shell Scripting
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System Administration
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Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
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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