The nationwide average salary for Operations Supervisors is $54K per year, but those working at McDonald's Corporation can pull down an average $71K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Republic Services Inc, Comcast Cable, Inc., and ABF Freight System, Inc., top-paying firms where Operations Supervisors rake in a $68K, $65K, or $61K, respectively. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$37,511 - $79,019
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$38K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,691
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$11.41 - $26.55
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,511 - $79,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,324  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,293  
Commission
$102.13 - $19,574  
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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$30,569 - $78,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.41 - $26.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $6.08  
Overtime
$16.70 - $40.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,324  
   
Commission
$102.13 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,293  
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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$30,569 - $78,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,332
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Job Description for Operations Supervisor

Operations supervisors deal with the day-to-day issues that arise in the course of business. They need to know to whom they can turn in crisis and must be familiar with company policies and procedures. When state or municipal inspectors arrive, they need to respond adequately. Also, the operations supervisor must meet with supervisors, keep abreast of all policy changes, and follow relevant safety procedures. For operations to occur smoothly and on schedule, the operation supervisor must be able to deal with any emergency that arises within the company or outside the workplace (such as issues with suppliers). While the job typically occurs during regular business hours, the operations supervisors often is expected to be on call on nights and weekends.

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Operations Supervisor Tasks

  • Monitor operations to ensure organizational goals are met.
  • Formulate policies, manage daily operations, and plan the use of materials and human resources.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of companies to operate more efficiently.
  • Generate relevant operational documentation.

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While Operations Supervisors do not often become Directors of Operations, the job pays $88K per year on average. It is quite typical for Operations Supervisors to transition into roles as Operations Managers or Operations Managers, where reported median earnings are $8K and $8K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Operations Supervisor


Operations Supervisors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Operations Management, Leadership, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Customer Relations, and Training. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to know Leadership and Problem Solving. People who know People Management usually also know Problem Solving and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Supervisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Operations Supervisors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,890

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

For Operations Supervisors, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Operations Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Louisville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average.

Operations Supervisor Reviews

What is it like working as an Operations Supervisor?

Operations Supervisor in New York:
"The Pros and Cons."
Pros: Probably the only thing I like about my job is my direct shipping manager that I report too. And that's because of the extremely efficient environment he creates for us too work in. He postures us so that his shipping staff is able to duplicate him, and ultimately be as efficient as he is.
Cons: My main issue is that I want to earn more money. But the stores business is not doing as well as it should; and there's not much team work amongst the sales employees, to create more business and generate more money. The majority of them just want to get there check, I'm under the impression that they are not here for the consistency of business. I want to be apart of a team where we work as such and there is a better chance of progression leading to me brighter future.

Operations Supervisor in Miami:
"I like that every day is different."
Pros: I like to work in a very high environment, and make the production get the Higher level possible.
Cons: I have to Wake up very early, 4:00am.

Operations Supervisor in Durham:
Pros: -Flexibility. -Freedom. -Began working "on the ground floor" when company first launched. -Culture. -Diversity.
Cons: -Low Pay. -Limited advancement opportunities. -Demanding hours.

Operations Supervisor in Griffin:
"Management."
Pros: The responsibility and freedom to be my own success which in turn is our company's success.
Cons: Feast or famine. Reactive containment, work volume changes one day to the next.

Operations Supervisor in Short Hills:
"Operations Review."
Pros: My job is very detailed orientated. My daily tasks consist of about ten responsibilities plus more. My schedule is from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday. I help keep a luxury retail store organized and maintain all products. Also, I oversee the shipping and receiving duties at our location. Each week I have reports due as well.
Cons: There are added responsibilities every month but no pay increase. The stress level is very high as well.

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Experience Affects Operations Supervisor Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Operations Supervisor Salaries


Operations Management
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Leadership
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Safety Compliance
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People Management
0%

Job Scheduling
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$51,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Problem Solving
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1237 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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