Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salary

Chief Operating Officers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($142K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Chief Operating Officers approaches anywhere from $83K on the lower end to $261K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $59K from bonuses and upwards of $30K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Chief Operating Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$77,959 - $219,182
$78K
$140K
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MEDIAN: $141,751
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$18.31 - $53.26
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$77,959 - $219,182  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $58,958  
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $30,410  
Commission
$30,000  
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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$82,646 - $260,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$18.31 - $53.26  
   
Overtime
$26.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,008 - $58,958  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $30,410  
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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$82,646 - $260,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Most companies comprise a wide range of operating groups pursuing different organizational goals. The chief operating officer (COO) - who may also be a vice president - is a top-level executive who helps ensure the success of all of these operations. They perform a number of tasks such as making high-level business decisions, supervising groups of managers, and coordinating all of the organization's operations to maximize profitability. They also make presentations to employees, as well as to the chief executive officer and the organization's board. Chief operating officers typically work in a business setting during regular business hours, although overtime may be required for emerging issues and deadlines. They generally report to the chief executive officer.

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Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tasks

  • Execute operational strategies to deliver products or services and provide leadership and guidance.
  • Manage overall budget and financial policies, and oversee specific reports and forecasts.
  • Identify growth and market opportunities.
  • Direct, coordinate and evaluate operational teams and product implementation.

Common Career Paths for Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO)


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At the upper end, Chief Operating Officers who move into a President and COO role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $178K per year.

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Popular Skills for Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO)


Survey takers working as Chief Operating Officers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Operations Management, Strategic Planning, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Pay by Experience for a Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 54 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $162,000 based on 182 salaries. A Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $174,000 based on 146 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $151,774

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Chief Operating Officers, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Chief Operating Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Compared to the national average, Houston Chief Operating Officers have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Atlanta and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (28 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
39%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$152,000

▼16%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salaries



Strategic Planning
▼0%

National Average
$152,000


Business Development
▼3%



Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼12%

People Management
▼13%

Budget Management
▼14%

▼15%

Leadership
▼17%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 13%