Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salary

Chief Operations Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $107K per year on average. In the world of Chief Operations Officers, overall cash earnings stretch from $53K near the bottom to $232K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $54K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $44K, along with commissions approaching $45K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Chief Operations Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Operations Officers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,500 - $201,731
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MEDIAN: $104,937
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$12.22 - $57.10
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$0$238K
Salary $53,500 - $201,731
Bonus $995 - $68,185
Profit Sharing $489.36 - $39,453
Commission $1,993 - $45,150
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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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$54,828 - $238,324
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 757
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $12.22 - $57.10
Overtime $-0.50 - $61.61
Annual Data $0$238K
Bonus $995 - $68,185
Commission $1,993 - $45,150
Profit Sharing $489.36 - $39,453
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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$54,828 - $238,324
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 37

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Job Description for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Chief operations officers (COO) are in charge of planning and overseeing all the company operations and projects. They are responsible for creating operation strategies to increase profitability of their organization, and they actively participate in corporate efforts to increase brand loyalty. They work closely with the chief financial officer to create transparency in expenses and financial reports. COOs also implement new marketing initiatives and measure their effectiveness, as well as create company-wide policies to boost productivity. They also help develop or guide internal training programs for new products or services.

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Chief Operations Officer (COO) Tasks

  • Direct the day to day operations of the organization.
  • Improve operating procedures to increase profits and/or make the organization more efficient.
  • Implement the strategies set by the Board of Directors and the CEO.

Common Career Paths for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


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While not commonly seen, Chief Operations Officers who transition into a Chief Operating Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Operating Officers is $149K per year.

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Popular Skills for Chief Operations Officer (COO)


Chief Operations Officers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Team Leadership, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources, IT Management, and Project Management. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to know Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Operations Officer (COO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Operations Officer (COO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 214 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Operations 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 $100,000 based on 215 salaries. An experienced Chief Operations Officer (COO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 320 salaries. A Chief Operations 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 $159,000 based on 229 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,375

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

Fort Worth offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Operations Officers, 50 percent above the national average. Chief Operations Officers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+45 percent), Seattle (+36 percent), and Dallas (+36 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Kansas City Chief Operations Officers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Nashville (14 percent lower) and Los Angeles (8 percent lower).

Chief Operations Officer (COO) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chief Operations Officer (COO)?

Chief Operations Officer (COO) in Parkersburg:
"Management."
Pros: Getting to be involved in strategic planning.
Cons: Travel.

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Key Stats for Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries

▲45%

▲11%

National Average
$109,000

▼9%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Chief Operations Officer (COO) Salaries



Team Leadership
▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$109,000







IT Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 24%
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