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Operations Engineer Salary (United States)

For Operations Engineers, yearly average wages total $72K annually. Final cash compensation to Operations Engineers varies from around $48K to approximately $117K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $31K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Operations Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Operations Engineer Salary (?
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$48,870 - $110,770
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MEDIAN: $71,878
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Operations Engineer Salary (?
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$14.13 - $50.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,870 - $110,770  
   
Bonus
$7.50 - $15,448  
Profit Sharing
$1,223 - $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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$47,609 - $116,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $50.19  
   
Overtime
$6.57 - $71.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$7.50 - $15,448  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,223 - $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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$47,609 - $116,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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
  • 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

Operations Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Engineering Design, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 24 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Shell Scripting and FreeBSD. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of Engineering Design and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $67K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $81K. Operations Engineers see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $92K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$73,000
Chicago
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Operations Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+23 percent), New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and San Jose (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 12 percent less, 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
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National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
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Python
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National Average
$73,000
Project Management
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FreeBSD
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Shell Scripting
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%