Operations Engineer Salary

The average Operations Engineer in the United States earns approximately $73K annually. Cash earnings for Operations Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $30K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $116K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Operations Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$50,099 - $111,347
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$50K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,724
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$14.51 - $46.91
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$47
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,099 - $111,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,390  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $30,000  
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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$48,641 - $116,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 532
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $46.91  
   
Overtime
$18.37 - $60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,390  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $30,000  
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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$48,641 - $116,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Operations Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 26 percent, 17 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.


For Operations Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Operations Engineers, 43 percent higher than the national average. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+39 percent), New York (+19 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). Compared to the national average, Austin Operations Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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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
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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
up arrow 11%

System Administration
up arrow 13%

Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%
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