Director of Operations Salary

Directors of Operations in search of top-notch pay will find it at Ericsson Inc., where the median salary of $164K trumps the $88K annually-national average for those in this profession. UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Directors of Operations earning around $127K, $108K, or $107K at each firm, respectively. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,089 - $147,376
$49K
$89K
$150K
MEDIAN: $88,558
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$13.43 - $43.62
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MEDIAN: $21.36
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$0$161K
Salary $49,089 - $147,376
Bonus $975 - $30,534
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,477
Commission $1,927 - $45,615
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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$47,759 - $161,124
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12,000
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $13.43 - $43.62
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $12.73 - $53.50
Annual Data $0$161K
Bonus $975 - $30,534
Commission $1,927 - $45,615
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,477
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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$47,759 - $161,124
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 612

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Job Description for Director of Operations

One of the major responsibilities of a director of operations is employee management, making sure as many as hundreds of individuals are productive. Directors of operations also may be in charge of making purchases related to production. Research and development are also typically overseen by a director of operations.

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Director of Operations Tasks

  • Implement, manage and evaluate operation processes and procedures, in accordance with the standards and procedures set out by the organization.
  • Ensure that operational processes stay within agreed upon budgets and timelines.
  • Assist in developing strategies and implementation plans to improve and standardize all aspects of operations.

Common Career Paths for Director of Operations


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For Directors of Operations, progressing to a Senior Vice President of Operations role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Vice President of Operations can earn $182K annually. More often than not, a VP of Operations role is the next step for Directors of Operations moving up in the field. VPs of Operations usually make $124K per year. Many other Directors of Operations choose to take on an Executive Director role, where salaries are typically $75K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Operations


Survey takers working as Directors of Operations report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Project Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Operations

Pay by Experience for a Director of Operations has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Operations with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 2,807 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Operations with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 3,512 salaries. An experienced Director of Operations which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 4,999 salaries. A Director of Operations with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 2,856 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,480

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

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Directors of Operations in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Operations can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent).

Director of Operations Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Operations?

Director of Operations in Madison:
"Babysitting."
Pros: Fringe Benefits.
Cons: Stress Level.

Director of Operations in Fort Collins:
Pros: Hour flexibility, working remotely, control over organization and process creation, challenging/not boring, I can do my job anywhere.
Cons: Changes all the time, working with highly technical people and explaining errors/issues, stress level, training/managing employees remotely.

Director of Operations in Fairfax:
"Pretty Good."
Pros: It's enjoyable but stressful, lots of growth potential.
Cons: Frenzied, stressful, can be difficult.

Director of Operations in Deerfield:
"Consuming, rewarding, stressful."
Pros: Problem solving. Interacting with people. Strategy. Finding creative ways to deliver value to customers.
Cons: Managing customer expectations.

Director of Operations in Frisco:
"Helping Business Run Itself."
Pros: Working with so many different personalities really opens up new social experiences. These new experiences help me become a better problem solver and improves my ability to manage people. Freedom to write my own schedule provides me with better home life management.
Cons: The more issues to deal with the more work needs to be done. Even though I write my own schedule, I will schedule myself heavy in the areas of concern to bring business back to performing on par. Stress is directly connected to how much cooperation I have with my managers. Hiring good people and getting good training can be difficult if managers have lower standards than I.

Director of Operations in Bellevue:
"The Daily Grind."
Pros: Love working with my staff and growing together. Making people's lives and areas they spend with there families more comfortable and full of light. Lighting up the neighborhoods one house at a time. See results in a short period of time.
Cons: Managing the company's cash flow and budget. High stress I bring home with me. Dealing with employees that have personal problems.

Director of Operations in Atlanta:
Pros: Meeting people during the volunteer efforts.
Cons: Dealing with the scheduling of volunteers.

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Key Stats for Director of Operations

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2143 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Director of Operations Salaries

▲24%

▲10%

National Average
$91,000

▼10%

▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2143 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 19%
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