Chief Operating Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $142K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Chief Operating Officers ranges from $83K on the lower end to $271K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $60K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$76,960 - $225,882
(Median)
$77K
$140K
$230K
MEDIAN: $141,779
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$18.25 - $53.64
(Median)
$18
$40
$54
MEDIAN: $40
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$76,960 - $225,882  
   
Bonus
$972 - $60,405  
Profit Sharing
$2,049 - $61,855  
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).
)
$82,928 - $270,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $53.64  
   
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$972 - $60,405  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,049 - $61,855  
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).
)
$82,928 - $270,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tasks

  • Identify growth and market opportunities.
  • Direct, coordinate and evaluate operational teams and product implementation.
  • 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.

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Chief Operating Officers who transition into new roles such as President and COO may see a slight upturn in salary. The average President and COO earns $178K per year.

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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


Chief Operating Officers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Sales Management, Operations Management, and Business Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Budget Management, and People Management. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Chief Operating Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $120K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chief Operating Officers make a median salary of $159K. 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 $178K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $152,021

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

With a pay rate for Chief Operating Officers that is 71 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Operating Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), New York (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+25 percent), and Dallas (+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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta and San Antonio (18 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salaries



National Average
$152,000



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

Telecommunications
up arrow 7%

National Average
$152,000

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Sales Management
up arrow 1%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 3%

Business Development
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Leadership
up arrow 9%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 12%


People Management
up arrow 14%

Budget Management
up arrow 14%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

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: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
ADVERTISEMENT