What does a Chief Operations Manager do?

Operations managers ensure a company or organization’s operations run smoothly and on time. They work with people, core operations, budgets, project delivery, and in company strategy. They are responsible for engaging and developing the members of the teams that they manage. Operations managers are involved in financial procedures, including invoicing. They must manage margins, costs, budgeting, and forecasting at the company.

Operations managers must match individuals to clients’ needs and balance objectives and goals equally from both sides, and they must strive to drive growth strategy and balance global needs. Sometimes they are called upon to support the production planning process or ensure key performance indicators are in place, and production targets are met. Operations managers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business or management or related fields.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Chief Operations Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$93,472 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $93K
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Chief Operations Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Chief Operations Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Senior Vice President of Operations
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Chief Operations Manager Insights

Read what Chief Operations Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Nov 11, 2020

“Truly feel really lucky and excited to keep working hard alongside some of the best people I know!”

Operations Manager
Nov 18, 2020

“life balance is achieved and work is not only a duty but a truly exciting journey.”

Emapta Versatile ServicesEmapta Versatile Services
Operations Manager
Jul 27, 2020

“I would say that this company truly values its employees.They provide professional and personal development.”

Jan 21, 2020

“Met some really good and hardworking people that cared about making the best product possible for patients.”

Oppo BrothersOppo Brothers
Head of Product & Operations
Jun 11, 2020

“It is challenging and demanding but there is a great sense of support and team work.”

Operations Manager
Aug 2, 2021

“If you are not careful it is easy to lose a good work and life balance.”

Favor TechConsultingFavor TechConsulting
Collection Operations Manager
Jun 2, 2021

“Pay and good mission (tho first contract in this field from what I was told)”

RedNight Consulting
Vice President Operations
Sep 30, 2019

“It's a great work place for people who are good at keeping several plates spinning at the same time.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a chief operations manager

When working as a chief operations manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Public Speaking, Outstanding Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, and Negotiation.

The most similar professions to chief operations manager are:
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The most common qualifications to become a chief operations manager include a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.