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Operations Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Operations Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $73K annually nationwide. Total cash compensation for Operations Engineers runs from $49K to $117K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Job satisfaction for Operations Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,836 - $111,598
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,821
10%
50%
90%

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$14.40 - $48.96
(Median)
$14
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,836 - $111,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,421  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $29,900  
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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$48,668 - $116,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 515
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $48.96  
   
Overtime
$18.22 - $70.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,421  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $29,900  
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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$48,668 - $116,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | 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

  • 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 report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Engineering Design, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 20 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Team Leadership, System Administration, and Shell Scripting. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $68K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Operations Engineers make a median salary of $92K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Operations Engineers in Denver receive some of the highest pay in the country. Operations Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+39 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Chicago (14 percent lower and 1 percent lower, 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 23%


National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Operations Engineer Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 25%


up arrow 13%

Python
up arrow 13%


Project Management
up arrow 1%

Lean Manufacturing
0%

National Average
$74,000

FreeBSD
up arrow 9%

Shell Scripting
up arrow 11%

System Administration
up arrow 14%

Team Leadership
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%
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