Sr. Operations Manager Salary

The Golden State offers the largest salaries to Senior Operations Managers; the three top-paying cities in the field are San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Senior Operations Managers. Ranging between $56K near the bottom and $145K near the top, total earnings can include up to $24K from bonuses and up to $20K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $18K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Senior Operations Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Operations Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$54,876 - $129,977
(Median)
$55K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,844
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$14.67 - $50.22
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$15
$27
$50
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,876 - $129,977  
   
Bonus
$995 - $24,170  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,100  
Commission
$-0.50 - $17,754  
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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$55,824 - $145,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $50.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$995 - $24,170  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $17,754  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,100  
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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$55,824 - $145,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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Job Description for Sr. Operations Manager

A senior operations manager provides oversight to a team of employees, providing training and oversight to ensure a company's operations run smoothly. They implement procedures, provide information to supervisors such as senior vice presidents, and generate ideas to help increase productivity. They must provide constructive feedback to the employees underneath them, as well as positively receive feedback from supervisors and incorporate it into their work. The senior operations manager typically works during regular business hours, although they may need to work nights and weekends due to their employer's needs.

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Sr. Operations Manager Tasks

  • Negotiate and monitor specific budgets, controlling costs where possible.
  • Guide hiring, management, and scheduling of employees to meet key needs.
  • Direct daily activities to meet efficiency and profit goals.
  • Lead and shape new initiatives to meet organizational goals.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Operations Manager


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Senior Operations Managers do not often transition into VP of Operations roles. The role averages $122K per year. Senior Operations Managers most often advance into Operations Director and Director of Operations positions even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Process Improvement, Inventory Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 23 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Logistics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Operations Manager

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


Senior Operations Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $83K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Operations Managers bring in $100K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $107K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Operations Managers in San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Senior Operations Managers. Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sr. Operations Manager Salaries



National Average
$94,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Operations Manager Salaries

Process Improvement
up arrow 24%

Inventory Management
up arrow 23%

Data Analysis
up arrow 18%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 8%





Project Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$94,000


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%


Logistics
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 330 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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