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Sr. Operations Manager Salary (United States)

Senior Operations Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $54K to $145K per year, typical earnings come to $87K annually. In the world of Senior Operations Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $54K and $145K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The greater part enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Male Senior Operations Managers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,547
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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  
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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While Senior Operations Managers do not often become VPs of Operations, the job usually pays $122K per year. Senior Operations Managers most frequently advance into Operations Director and Director of Operations roles even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager

Senior Operations Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $82K. Senior Operations Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $98K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $105K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Senior 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$93,000
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With a pay rate for Senior Operations Managers that is 57 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Operations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (8 percent less) and Austin (7 percent less).

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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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$93,000
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Office
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Logistics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 450 votes.

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%