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Sr. Operations Manager Salary (United States)

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Operations Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $54K to $145K per year and averages out to $87K annually. Overall incomes of Senior Operations Managers — including $24K bonuses, $20K profit sharing proceeds, and $19K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $54K and $145K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Senior Operations Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Operations Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,062 - $129,631
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MEDIAN: $87,037
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$14.33 - $49.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,062 - $129,631  
   
Bonus
$1,043 - $24,155  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $20,226  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,000  
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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$54,077 - $145,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,523
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Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $49.43  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $61.12  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,043 - $24,155  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $20,226  
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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$54,077 - $145,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 not commonly seen, Senior Operations Managers who transition into a VP of Operations position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Operations is $122K per year. A lot of Senior Operations Managers advance their careers by becoming Operations Directors and Directors of Operations. However, those positions offer $8K less and $5K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager

Senior Operations Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Inventory Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 24 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Logistics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Customer Relationship Management 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. On average, Senior Operations Managers make $99K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $106K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$93,000
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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Operations Managers, 58 percent above the national average. Senior Operations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+14 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (6 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Operations Manager Salaries

National Average
$93,000

Skills That Affect Sr. Operations Manager Salaries

Data Analysis
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$93,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%