Operations Engineer Salary

The average Operations Engineer in the United States earns approximately $73K annually. Total cash compensation to Operations Engineers bottoms out near $49K and approaches $116K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $29K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$50,841 - $111,957
(Median)
$51K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,996
10%
50%
90%

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$14.47 - $45.15
(Median)
$14
$25
$45
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,841 - $111,957  
   
Bonus
$-0.46 - $15,262  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $29,479  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$48,881 - $116,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $45.15  
   
Overtime
$18.44 - $59.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.46 - $15,262  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $29,479  
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).
)
$48,881 - $116,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.

Common Career Paths for Operations Engineer


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Though some Operations Engineers move into positions like Petroleum Engineer (where the average salary is $103K), this progression is not the norm.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Engineer


Operations Engineers flock to BASF Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $109K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Operations Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Cisco Networking, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Process Improvement, Team Leadership, and System Administration. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Engineering Design and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Engineer

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


For Operations Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $68K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $81K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $90K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,074

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

For those looking to make money, Operations Engineers in Redmond enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+35 percent), Houston (+28 percent), Denver (+27 percent), and Dallas (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers in Chicago and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Operations Engineer Reviews

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 31%



National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 25%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 12%

Python
up arrow 11%



up arrow 5%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$74,000

Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 9%

FreeBSD
up arrow 9%

System Administration
up arrow 13%

Team Leadership
up arrow 14%

Process Improvement
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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