Operations Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $73K annually. Overall cash earnings for Operations Engineers vary widely between $51K and $115K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Operations Engineers. The vast majority of Operations Engineers (88 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$53,359 - $110,335
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MEDIAN: $73,215
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$18.22 - $37.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,359 - $110,335  
   
Bonus
$1,002 - $15,152  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
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$51,454 - $114,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 427
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.22 - $37.71  
   
Overtime
$27.92 - $55.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,002 - $15,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$51,454 - $114,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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Operations Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Petroleum Engineers. That role pays $103K per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Engineer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, BASF Corporation offers the most; Operations Engineers earn $109K on average there.

Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Operations Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft SQL Server, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 26 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership and Process Improvement. Most people 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.


Operations Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. Operations Engineers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,758

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

For Operations Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+41 percent), New York (+39 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), and Dallas (+27 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Operations Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
up arrow 36%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 26%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 11%





Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 6%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 6%

Python
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Linux
0%

System Administration
0%

National Average
$74,000

Process Improvement
up arrow 12%

Team Leadership
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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