Operations Engineer Salary

The average Operations Engineer in the United States earns approximately $73K annually. Overall cash earnings of Operations Engineers stretch from $51K near the bottom to $116K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing. While career duration and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. There are far more male Operations Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. For the most part, Operations Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$53,287 - $110,181
$53K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,111
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50%
90%

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$18.22 - $37.71
$18
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,287 - $110,181  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $15,269  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $14,681  
Total Pay (?
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$51,334 - $115,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.22 - $37.71  
   
Overtime
$27.88 - $55.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,014 - $15,269  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $14,681  
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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$51,334 - $115,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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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Many Operations Engineers move into a Petroleum Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $103K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Engineer


BASF Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $109K on average.

Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Operations Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 26 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership, Process Improvement, and Network Management / Administration. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know 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: $73,664

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For Operations Engineers, working in the bustling city of Redmond has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+39 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), Houston (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+22 percent). In Austin, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Chicago and 1 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Operations Engineer Salaries

▲44%

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$74,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
▲26%

Cisco Networking
▲13%





Lean Manufacturing
▲6%


SQL
▲4%

System Administration
▲3%

Python
▼0%

National Average
$74,000

▼1%

Network Management / Administration
▼4%

Process Improvement
▼11%

Team Leadership
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 7%