Operations Engineer Salary

Median pay for Operations Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $73K annually. Cash earnings for Operations Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $29K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $116K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,841 - $111,957
(Median)
$51K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,996
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$14.47 - $45.15
(Median)
$14
$25
$45
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,841 - $111,957  
   
Bonus
$-0.46 - $15,262  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $29,479  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$48,881 - $116,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $45.15  
   
Overtime
$18.44 - $59.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.46 - $15,262  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $29,479  
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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$48,881 - $116,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.

Common Career Paths for Operations Engineer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Operations Engineers sometimes become Petroleum Engineers, where the average income is $103K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Engineer


BASF Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $109K.

Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Operations Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Cisco Networking, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Process Improvement, Team Leadership, and System Administration. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $68K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $81K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Operations Engineers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,074

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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 San Francisco (+35 percent), Houston (+28 percent), Denver (+27 percent), and Dallas (+19 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (7 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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
up arrow 31%



National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 25%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 12%

Python
up arrow 11%



up arrow 5%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$74,000

Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 9%

FreeBSD
up arrow 9%

System Administration
up arrow 13%

Team Leadership
up arrow 14%

Process Improvement
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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