How much does a Chief Operating Officer make in the United States? The average Chief Operating Officer salary in the United States is $493,040 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $383,482 and $639,152. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Chief Operating Officer Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Chief Operating Officer Salary $283,735 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Chief Operating Officer Salary $383,482 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Chief Operating Officer Salary $493,040 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Chief Operating Officer Salary $639,152 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Chief Operating Officer Salary $772,180 US April 24, 2024
25% $383,482 10% $283,735 90% $772,180 75% $639,152 $493,040 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Chief Operating Officer need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.

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Health Care: Health care or healthcare is the improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, amelioration, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people.

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Accounting: Creating financial statements and reports based on the summary of financial and business transactions.

Leadership 16%
Health Care 1.55%
Accounting 1.1%
Others 81.35%

Job Description for Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer leads the planning and development of an organization's operational objectives and initiatives. Develops strategies and oversees the execution of plans to attain short- and long-term financial and mission-critical operational goals. Being a Chief Operating Officer directs the development of the organization's functional capacity that will produce sustainable growth and minimize risk. Develops operating budgets. Additionally, Chief Operating Officer establishes effective operational policies and procedures. Typically requires a master's degree. Typically reports to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Responsible for the development of functional or business unit strategy for the entire organization. Defines corporate vision and strategy establishes company direction and focus. Executes multiple high impact initiatives to achieve overall corporate goals. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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Chief Operating Officer salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Chief Operating Officer, the highest Chief Operating Officer salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Chief Operating Officer salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Chief Operating Officer salary is in Miami, FL, where the Chief Operating Officer salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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