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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 ($151K) per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $70K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $52K, and a few commissions as high as $39K, total income for Chief Operating Officers can range between $75K and $258K according to individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Male Chief Operating Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries in the field. Job satisfaction for Chief Operating Officers is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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$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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 735
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
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  
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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Chief Operating Officers' salary tends to stay somewhat for those who assume higher-end positions like President and CEO. President and CEOs tend to get paid $150K.

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Job Listings

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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 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Operating Officers. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $104K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $157K. Chief Operating Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $171K on average. Chief Operating Officers with more than 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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San Francisco
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Austin
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Dallas
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Houston
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Chicago
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Washington
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Denver
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$151,000
Miami
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Minneapolis
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Chief Operating Officers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and Houston, where Chief Operating Officers typically earn around 29 percent, 24 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 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%