Sr. Operations Manager Salary

Senior Operations Managers are most sought-after in California, which is home to the three top-paying cities in the field: San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego. In the world of Senior Operations Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $55K on the lower end to $146K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $24K and profit sharing that approaches $20K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $17K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Operations Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Operations Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,482 - $130,213
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$54K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,344
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$14.30 - $49.55
(Median)
$14
$26
$50
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,482 - $130,213  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $24,311  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,203  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,452  
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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$55,323 - $146,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,502
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $49.55  
   
Overtime
$0.27 - $59.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,008 - $24,311  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,452  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,203  
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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$55,323 - $146,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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.

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Senior Operations Managers who advance into the role of a VP of Operations are fairly uncommon. VPs of Operations on average earn $122K per year. Many Senior Operations Managers choose to become Operations Directors and Directors of Operations as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $9K less and $5K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Survey results imply that Senior Operations Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Inventory Management, Data Analysis, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Logistics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Operations Management also know 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $83K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Operations Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $99K. 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 $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Operations Managers, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are New York (8 percent less) and Charlotte (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Sr. Operations Manager Salaries



National Average
$93,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Operations Manager Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 24%

Data Analysis
up arrow 19%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 18%




People Management
up arrow 4%

Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$93,000



Logistics
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 372 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%