Sr. Operations Manager Salary (United States)

With about three-quarters of Sr. Operations Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Sr. Operations Managers is $92,571 per year and can range from $54,337 on the lower end to $145,341 per year near the higher end. The final incomes of Sr. Operations Managers vary between $53,007 and $129,573; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $24K, $20K, and $18,548, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and most earn vision coverage. Making up 71 percent of the field, male Sr. Operations Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of Sr. Operations Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Sr. Operations Manager Salary (?
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$53,007 - $129,573
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MEDIAN: $86,899
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Sr. Operations Manager Salary (?
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$14.54 - $49.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,007 - $129,573  
   
Bonus
$1,200 - $23,899  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $20,347  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,548  
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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$54,337 - $145,341  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $49.89  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $72.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,200 - $23,899  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,548  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $20,347  
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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$54,337 - $145,341  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Sr. Operations Managers who advance into the role of a VP of Operations—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $29K per year. Sr. Operations Managers most often move into positions as Operations Directors or Director of Operationss, where they typically take pay cuts of $7,991 or $4,768 per year.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager

Sr. Operations Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Business Analysis, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Logistics and Microsoft Office, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.
Sr. Operations Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Salaries start at $65K, which grows to $82K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $100K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Sr. Operations Managers earning an average of $105K per year. Sr. Operations Managers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$93,000
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For Sr. Operations Managers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, and San Diego, where Sr. Operations Managers typically earn around 19 percent, 14 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. In Los Angeles, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (-8 percent) and Austin (-7 percent).

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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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Strategic Planning
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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