Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for operations managers in the United States was $100,780 The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,050 per annum and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000. The top paying industry is ‘professional, scientific and technical services’, where the median annual salary was $140,840. The manufacturing industry is the second highest paying industry, with a median annual salary of $118,180. This is followed by wholesale trade($104,880), construction ($102,270) and the retail trade ($73,190).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Operations managers are senior managers. Therefore, they have a huge amount of responsibility and control over their decisions. They are in charge of budgets, services and staffing and the role has a huge level of autonomy. Being an operations manager is a highly demanding and often stressful role. Due to the huge amount of responsibility, operations managers are likely to find themselves working long hours and will have little flexibility over the hours they work. They are likely to, however, have flexibility over how they arrange their day and when they schedule in meetings.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a operations manager, based on average annual salary and the number of jobs available, are:
- Delaware, where the average annual salary is $104326
- Connecticut, where the average annual salary is $98,361
- New Jersey, where the average annual salary is $98,222
- West Virginia, where the average annual salary is $90,368
- New York, where the average annual salary is $98,701
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Nebraska, Idaho, Utah, Maine and Vermont.
12% of operations managers the United States were employed in the retail trade. Professional, scientific and technical services employed 11% of all operations managers, the wholesale trade employed 9%, the manufacturing industry employed 9% and the construction industry employed 7%.
Overall, operations managers have a lot of responsibility and are partly responsible for the success of the whole organization. Therefore, it can be an incredibly stressful role. They will typically work in an office and they may travel to nationally, regionally and locally to attend meetings, to check up on stores and/or to go to dealers’ and distributors offices. Operations managers will work closely with other senior managers, such as those in finance, human resources or purchasing.