Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salary

On average, Chief Operating Officers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($138K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation to Chief Operating Officers bottoms out near $77K and approaches $260K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $69K from bonuses and almost $64K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Chief Operating Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Chief Operating Officers (81 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$71,420 - $215,014
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$71K
$140K
$220K
MEDIAN: $137,776
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$20.13 - $60.09
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$20
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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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$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$71,420 - $215,014  
   
Bonus
$985 - $68,872  
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $63,616  
Commission
$10,000 - $34,000  
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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$76,598 - $260,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $60.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.46  
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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$985 - $68,872  
   
Commission
$10,000 - $34,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $63,616  
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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$76,598 - $260,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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For Chief Operating Officers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Chief Operating Officers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chief Executive Officer.

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


Chief Operating Officers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Sales Management, Project Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration, Telecommunications, and People Management. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in 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.


Chief Operating Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $108K per year. Chief Operating Officers bring in $160K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $170K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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



National Average
$154,000



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

Leadership
up arrow 9%



Operations Management
0%

National Average
$154,000

Business Strategy
up arrow 1%

Business Development
up arrow 4%




Budget Management
up arrow 12%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 13%

People Management
up arrow 14%

Telecommunications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 12%