Operations Engineer Salary

Average Operations Engineers in the United States make around $73K per year. In the world of Operations Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $116K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $30K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Operations Engineers. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,122 - $110,917

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$14.51 - $46.91

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,122 - $110,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,222  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $29,799  
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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$48,664 - $115,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $15,222  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $29,799  
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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$48,664 - $115,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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, Python, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership, System Administration, and Shell Scripting. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Operations Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. 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 is home to an above-average pay rate for Operations Engineers, 44 percent higher than the national average. Operations Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+41 percent), San Francisco (+40 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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
up arrow 26%

Python
up arrow 13%


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Operations Management
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Project Management
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Lean Manufacturing
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National Average
$74,000

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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FreeBSD
up arrow 9%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 10%

System Administration
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Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
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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