Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salary (United States)

Salaries for Chief Operating Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($150,938) per year. The final incomes of Chief Operating Officers vary between $70,751 and $208,107; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $70K, $53K, and $39K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. There are far more male Chief Operating Officers than women, making up 80 percent of those in this profession. For the most part, Chief Operating Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salary (?
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$70,751 - $208,107
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MEDIAN: $132,094
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Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salary (?
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$15.10 - $60.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$70,751 - $208,107  
   
Bonus
$1,611 - $70,458  
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $51,632  
Commission
$3,064 - $39,149  
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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$75,229 - $257,902  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 735
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $60.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,611 - $70,458  
   
Commission
$3,064 - $39,149  
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $51,632  
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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$75,229 - $257,902  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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
  • 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)

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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Chief Operating Officers. Typically, those who move into a President and CEO role will bring in a similar salary to their current position.

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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 Project Management, Sales Management, Business Strategy, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Telecommunications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Operations Management and Sales Management.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Chief Operating Officers, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. $104K per year, a sizable six-figure salary, is the starting point for workers in this profession. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $157K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Chief Operating Officers who have made it this far report earning around $171K per year. The largest number of Chief Operating Officers have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Austin
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Chicago
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Denver
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National Average
$151,000
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For Chief Operating Officers, New York provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Chief Operating Officers earning around 29 percent, 24 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent more than average. Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

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

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$151,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salaries

Project Management
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Business Strategy
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Operations Management
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National Average
$151,000
Business Development
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Microsoft Word
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Budget Management
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Telecommunications
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 12%
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