Operations Engineer Salary

An average Operations Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $73K annually. Cash earnings for Operations Engineers — including $15K in bonuses and $30K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $116K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Operations Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,285 - $111,116
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$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,588
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$14.09 - $50.38
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$14
$24
$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,285 - $111,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,365  
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $30,304  
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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$48,056 - $116,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $50.38  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $69.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $30,304  
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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$48,056 - $116,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Engineering Design, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 23 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include System Administration, Shell Scripting, and FreeBSD. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $82K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Operations Engineers make a median salary of $93K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $90K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Operations Engineers, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Operations Engineers in Austin earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Atlanta and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

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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 22%


National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
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up arrow 13%

Python
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Project Management
up arrow 3%

Lean Manufacturing
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National Average
$74,000

FreeBSD
up arrow 9%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 11%

System Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%