An average Operations Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $73K per year. Total cash compensation to Operations Engineers ranges from $50K on the lower end to $115K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Operations Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Operations Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$52,850 - $109,832
(Median)
$53K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,931
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$17.87 - $44.06
(Median)
$18
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,850 - $109,832  
   
Bonus
$511 - $14,929  
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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$50,366 - $114,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.87 - $44.06  
   
Overtime
$27.79 - $60.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$511 - $14,929  
   
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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$50,366 - $114,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Operations Engineer


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Operations Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Petroleum Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $103K per year.

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Operations Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at BASF Corporation, where the average salary comes to $109K.

Popular Skills for Operations Engineer


Operations Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Python, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Process Improvement, Team Leadership, and FreeBSD. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Operations Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $82K. Operations Engineers bring in $92K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $95K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,527

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

Redmond offers some of the highest pay in the country for Operations Engineers, 41 percent above the national average. Operations Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Houston (+37 percent), San Francisco (+36 percent), and Dallas (+27 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (4 percent lower) and Chicago (2 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 29%



National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 26%

Python
up arrow 10%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 8%



Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 6%


Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Linux
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
0%

System Administration
0%

National Average
$74,000

FreeBSD
up arrow 8%

Team Leadership
up arrow 13%

Process Improvement
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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