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General and Operations Manager Salary Information

The salary statistics of general and operations managers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of general and operations managers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The general and operations managers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. General and Operations Manager Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
$149,660
50th Percentile Wage
$97,270
25th Percentile Wage
$65,610
10th Percentile Wage
$45,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for general and operations managers. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $149,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $97,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,130. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 231% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $97,270 0.87%
2013 $96,430 1.04%
2012 $95,440 0.30%
2011 $95,150 0.79%
2010 $94,400 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for general and operations managers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 3.04%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.04%. We also note that the average annual wage had a very small growth of 0.30% in 2012 and a small growth of 0.79% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of General and Operations Managers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Chief Executives
$173,320
General and Operations Managers
$97,270
Legislators
$20,180

Table 4. General and Operations Manager Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of general and operations managers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for general and operations managers occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $137,660. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $61,390).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$137,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$130,870
Finance and Insurance
$126,020
Information
$117,670
Mining
$115,270
Utilities
$114,810
Manufacturing
$109,160
Wholesale Trade
$106,990
Federal, State, and Local Government
$101,180
Construction
$99,190
Educational Services
$92,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$92,170
Transportation and Warehousing
$91,690
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$87,320
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$86,080
Health Care and Social Assistance
$85,130
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$84,050
Retail Trade
$74,140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$73,540
Accommodation and Food Services
$61,390

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of General and Operations Managers by States

From the above tables we note that not only general and operations managers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of general and operations managers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $48,690 to $142,660. The highest paying state for general and operations managers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $142,660. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $48,690. For more salary information of general and operations managers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$142,660
District of Columbia
$136,020
Delaware
$121,680
Rhode Island
$121,470
Connecticut
$120,030
New York
$119,120
Virginia
$116,350
Maryland
$113,450
Massachusetts
$112,190
North Carolina
$107,430
Florida
$105,930
California
$104,110
Washington
$103,190
Alabama
$101,930
Texas
$101,380
South Dakota
$100,910
New Hampshire
$100,260
Colorado
$100,250
Pennsylvania
$99,540
Nebraska
$93,250
Georgia
$92,580
Vermont
$91,840
Illinois
$91,400
Michigan
$90,830
Ohio
$90,180
Alaska
$88,690
North Dakota
$88,590
Minnesota
$87,060
Indiana
$87,000
Kansas
$86,460
Louisiana
$85,780
Wisconsin
$85,480
Wyoming
$85,200
Tennessee
$84,310
Nevada
$83,070
Arizona
$82,730
Hawaii
$81,970
Oklahoma
$80,910
New Mexico
$80,880
South Carolina
$79,810
Oregon
$79,410
Missouri
$78,730
Maine
$75,890
Mississippi
$75,730
Montana
$75,610
Kentucky
$74,660
Iowa
$74,140
Utah
$72,600
West Virginia
$70,540
Arkansas
$69,510
Idaho
$69,020
Puerto Rico
$63,360
Virgin Islands
$55,350
Guam
$48,690