Sr. Operations Manager Salary

Senior Operations Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than two-thirds of Senior Operations Managers. Salaries average out to around $88K per year and spread from $58K to $148K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Operations Managers varies from around $58K to approximately $148K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $25K and $21K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Operations Managers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$56,468 - $133,568
(Median)
$56K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,355
10%
50%
90%

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$14.66 - $48.94
(Median)
$15
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,468 - $133,568  
   
Bonus
$1,001 - $24,548  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,969  
Commission
$-0.50 - $23,839  
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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$57,878 - $147,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,605
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,001 - $24,548  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $23,839  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,969  
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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$57,878 - $147,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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While Senior Operations Managers do not often become VPs of Operations, the job pays $123K per year on average. Senior Operations Managers most frequently become Operations Directors and Directors of Operations even though median compensation is $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Operations Manager


Bank of America Corp. (BOFA) offers the least money; the median income there is just $81K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $57K and $132K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Logistics and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $85K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Operations Managers make a median salary of $100K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,255

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Operations Managers, 43 percent higher than the national average. Senior Operations Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Philadelphia (4 percent lower and 2 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 15%




Strategic Planning
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$94,000



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 18%

Logistics
up arrow 22%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 313 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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