Sr. Operations Manager Salary

The three top-paying cities for Senior Operations Managers in the United States — San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego — are all in California. With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Senior Operations Managers spread between $56K and $145K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Operations Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$55,216 - $129,895
(Median)
$55K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,044
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$14.44 - $48.94
(Median)
$14
$26
$49
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,216 - $129,895  
   
Bonus
$994 - $24,181  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,100  
Commission
$-0.50 - $17,754  
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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$56,058 - $145,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$994 - $24,181  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $17,754  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,100  
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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$56,058 - $145,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Operations Managers move into roles as VPs of Operations, where pay is an average $122K per year. Many Senior Operations Managers advance into roles as Operations Directors or Directors of Operations, but the median salaries are $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Senior Operations Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Logistics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $68K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. Senior Operations Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $100K. 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 $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Operations Managers, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Phoenix (6 percent lower and 3 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 17%



Strategic Planning
up arrow 7%



Project Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$94,000


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%


Logistics
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

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