Senior Operations Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $88K annually on average but can range from $57K to $145K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Operations Managers range from $57K on the low end to $145K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $24K and $19K, respectively. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of Senior Operations Managers (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Operations Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,104 - $133,434
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MEDIAN: $87,822
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$14.04 - $48.94
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,104 - $133,434  
   
Bonus
$1,941 - $24,316  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,271  
Commission
$12,971  
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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$56,538 - $145,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,064
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
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
$1,941 - $24,316  
   
Commission
$12,971  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,271  
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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$56,538 - $145,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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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As Senior Operations Managers transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Operations, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Operations earn $123K on average per year. Senior Operations Managers most often move into positions as Directors of Operations or Operations Directors. Directors of Operations actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Operations Directors earn $8K less per year than Senior Operations Managers do.

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Senior Operations Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Amazon.com Inc, where the average salary comes to $149K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Survey results imply that Senior Operations Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Budget Management, Strategic Planning, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Logistics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Customer Relationship Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $72K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $83K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. Senior Operations Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,686

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Operations Managers, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Operations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Charlotte (+22 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and Dallas (+19 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Operations Managers is geography, with workers in Washington earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (13 percent less) and Chicago (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Sr. Operations Manager Salaries



National Average
$93,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Operations Manager Salaries



Strategic Planning
up arrow 7%



Project Management
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$93,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Leadership
up arrow 6%



Customer Service
up arrow 20%

Logistics
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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