Operations Director Salary

Around three in five of Operations Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $41K to $161K per year, but median earnings come to around $86K annually. Total cash compensation to Operations Directors approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $161K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $33K from bonuses and upwards of $19K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but years of experience and location are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Operations Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men working as Operations Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,011 - $147,154
$45K
$86K
$150K
MEDIAN: $86,108
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50%
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$12.03 - $41.72
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$18
$42
MEDIAN: $18.13
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$0$159K
Salary $45,011 - $147,154
Bonus $1,003 - $31,168
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,141
Commission $500 - $30,000
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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$41,129 - $159,265
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,469
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $12.03 - $41.72
Hourly Tips $8.89
Overtime $13.79 - $54.16
Annual Data $0$159K
Bonus $1,003 - $31,168
Commission $500 - $30,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,141
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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$41,129 - $159,265
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 177

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Job Description for Operations Director

An operations director manages the overall output of a group of workers that form an organization. The role is a generalized position that requires an ability to adapt to different issues in different departments. Typically, the operations director is heavily involved in financial planning and project schedule supervision. This includes planning for an annual budget, setting financial goals, and ensuring that everybody is on board with changes by working closely with the human resources department. An operations director works effectively not by infringing upon the management of individual projects where a manager is already assigned, but by supervising and making necessary changes to resolve issues that cannot be resolved by the departments internal solutions setup.

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Operations Director 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 Operations Director


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There are some Operations Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Executive Officers, where earnings are an average $170K annually. Typical career progression for an Operations Director involves becoming a VP of Operations or a Director of Operations, roles that pay $36K more and $1K more on average.

Operations Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Operations Director


Xerox Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $131K on average.

Known for its small paychecks, Chick-Fil-A Inc actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $36K — 260 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Operations Director


Operations Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Director

Pay by Experience for an Operations Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Operations Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 584 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Operations Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 713 salaries. An experienced Operations Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 950 salaries. An Operations Director 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 579 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,678

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Operations Directors, 44 percent above the national average. Operations Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+35 percent), New York (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Baltimore. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Atlanta (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Operations Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Operations Director?

Operations Director in Valencia:
"Love it!"
Pros: I get to influence the day to day operations of the company.
Cons: There is no bad. I love my job. P.

Operations Director in Philadelphia:
"Learn Everyday."
Pros: Always something to learn.
Cons: Long, grueling hours.

Operations Director in Jacksonville:
"Figure Head."
Pros: Schedule flexibility, independency, work environment, investment experience and learning, compliance knowledge and hands on experience.
Cons: Being a figure head and not actually have power to accomplish the job you're assigned to do. Such a small team, it is easy to misinterpret your actual role and communications falls apart. Lack of leadership and operational structure from top management.

Operations Director in Atlanta:
"Great."
Pros: Flexiable great owners.
Cons: Not much Bad.

Operations Director in New York:
"People management."
Pros: Working and interacting with everyone.
Cons: Not having IT support.

Operations Director in Bowie:
Pros: I love working with our Executive Director and the work that we have accomplished over the past 3 years.
Cons: I am underpaid and feel undervalued.

Operations Director in Liberty:
"Busy."
Pros: I like meeting people from all over the country while they do what they enjoy. I enjoy the fast paced environment and the fact that I am outdoors on a regular basis.
Cons: Stress level on some occasions. I'm basically on call 24/7 and have very little help.

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Key Stats for Operations Director

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 442 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Operations Director Salaries

▲30%

▲15%

National Average
$88,000

▼10%

▼33%

Skills That Affect Operations Director Salaries

▲13%






National Average
$88,000

People Management
▼1%

Budget Management
▼1%








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 442 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 18%
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