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Sr. Operations Manager Salary

The three highest-paying cities for Senior Operations Managers can all be found in California: San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego. With bonuses occasionally running north of $24K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $20K, and a few commissions as high as $18K, total income for Senior Operations Managers can range between $55K and $146K according to individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Senior Operations Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Senior Operations Managers survey respondents are men (71 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,634 - $130,371
(Median)
$55K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,714
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$14.36 - $49.32
(Median)
$14
$26
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$54,634 - $130,371  
   
Bonus
$998 - $24,254  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,238  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,617  
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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$55,311 - $146,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,501
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.00  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$998 - $24,254  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,617  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,238  
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).
)
$55,311 - $146,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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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There are some Senior Operations Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Operations, where earnings are an average $122K annually. Senior Operations Managers most often move into Operations Director or Director of Operations roles. However, the former pays $9K less on average, and the latter pays $6K less.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Survey takers working as Senior Operations Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Inventory Management, Data Analysis, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 19 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Logistics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. Senior Operations Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $99K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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. Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Charlotte and 3 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Sr. Operations Manager Salaries



National Average
$94,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Operations Manager Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 23%

Data Analysis
up arrow 19%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 17%





People Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$94,000



Logistics
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 357 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
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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