Sr. Operations Manager Salary

More than two-thirds of Senior Operations Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $58K to $148K per year, but median earnings come to around $88K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $25K, $21K, and $24K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Operations Managers can bottom out near $58K or top out at around $148K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. For the most part, Senior Operations Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$56,468 - $133,568
(Median)
$56K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,355
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$14.66 - $48.94
(Median)
$15
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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 (?
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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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Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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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.

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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


Senior Operations Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, 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.


For many Senior Operations Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $85K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (4 percent less) and Philadelphia (2 percent less).

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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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