What do operations managers get paid?

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Operations Manager Salary Survey

The salary for operations manager varies widely based on location, experience level and industry. A 2011 survey by Robert Half Talent Solutions found the median operations manager base salary at $125,000. Junior operations managers earned a median of $58,750 while senior operations managers earned a median annual income of $140,000. All respondents worked in companies with at least $100 million in annual revenue. A 2011 salary survey by the International Society of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) found similar results: operations managers who led operations departments with $500 million or less in sales made salaries between $61,000 and $118,000 per year. Those with operations department budgets of more than half a billion dollars in sales earned salaries between $144,000 and $188,000 per year. JOC Group reported operations managers earned salaries of $52,000 to $65,000 in 2012.

Operations Manager Salary (2022)

Let’s look at the 2022 averages:

United States Salary (USD)

An operations manager’s salary in the US is $US107,458 per year (source)

Australian Salary (AUD)

An operations manager’s salary in Australia is $AUD106,391 per year (source)

United Kingdom Salary (GBP)

An operations manager’s salary in the UK is $GBP48,178 per year (source)

 

Operations Manager Benefits

As operations manager you should expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Paid vacation
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plan with matching contributions
  • Professional development opportunities or reimbursement for further education.

The operations manager salary is typically dependent upon the following factors:

Type of company size

Operations managers typically earn higher salaries in larger companies because there are more operations functions to manage. Operations managers in companies with at least 500 employees are more likely to earn six-figure salaries, according to the Robert Half survey.

Industry

Operations managers who work for financial services firms typically earn higher operations manager salaries than operations managers who work in other industries, reports JOC Group. Those who manage operations departments in medical manufacturing, professional service and aerospace and defense companies also receive high salaries.

Experience

Operations managers typically earn higher operations manager salaries with more experience. According to the Robert Half survey, operations managers who have 10 years of operations management experience or less earned a median annual income of $58,750. Those with operations management experience between 11-20 years earned $78,250. Operations managers with more than 20 years of operations experience earned $110,000 or more per year.

Education

Operations managers who hold bachelor’s degrees in operations management typically receive higher salaries than operations managers who only have associate’s degrees. Those with operations certifications also tend to earn higher operations manager salaries than those without these credentials.

Career outlook

Operations managers with operations certification are more likely to find employment in operations management than operations managers without certifications, according to the International Society of Certified Public Accountants. Opportunities for operations managers in the United States are expected to grow by 12 percent between 2010 and 2020, reports The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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