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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 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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Operations Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$54,711 - $130,444
(Median)
$55K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,947
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90%

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$14.41 - $49.07
(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
$54,711 - $130,444  
   
Bonus
$997 - $24,320  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$55,188 - $146,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,510
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
$14.41 - $49.07  
   
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
$997 - $24,320  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,617  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
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).
)
$55,188 - $146,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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 not the most common occurrence, Senior Operations Managers sometimes become VPs of Operations, where the average income is $122K per year. Senior Operations Managers most often move into positions as Operations Directors or Directors of Operations. Operations Directors actually earn $9K less on average, however, and Directors of Operations earn $6K less per year than Senior Operations Managers do.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Operations Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Microsoft Office and Customer Relationship Management 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Senior Operations Managers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $84K. Senior Operations Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $99K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Operations Managers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego represent the three top-paying cities for Senior Operations Managers in the United States. Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Denver (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

Project 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 355 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

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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