Chief Operating Officer Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for chief operating officers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 68,868 chief operating officers currently employed in the United States.
  • 23.2% of all chief operating officers are women, while only 72.8% are men.
  • The average age of an employed chief operating officer is 52 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of chief operating officers is White (80.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (7.0%) and Asian (7.0%).
  • The majority of chief operating officers are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.
  • Chief operating officers are paid an average annual salary of $157,563.
  • Chief operating officers average starting salary is $91,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 87% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid chief operating officers earn as much as $270,000 or more.
  • 19% of all chief operating officers are LGBT.
  • Chief operating officers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Chief Operating Officer Statistics By Gender

Among chief operating officers, 23.2% of them are women compared to 72.8% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 72.8%
  • Female, 23.2%
  • Unknown, 4.0%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
72.8%
Female
23.2%
Unknown
4.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Chief Operating Officer

Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$158,116
female-income
Female Income
$138,245

Chief Operating Officer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the chief operating officer position over time.

Male
Female
79%
76%
74%
71%
69%
66%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
74.77%
25.23%
2009
74.39%
25.61%
2010
73.77%
26.23%
2011
72.99%
27.01%
2012
72.42%
27.58%
2013
71.98%
28.02%
2014
73.43%
26.57%
2015
72.94%
27.06%
2016
72.88%
27.12%
2017
72.17%
27.83%
2018
71.86%
28.14%

Chief Operating Officer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, general superintendent and director of plant operations have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Administrative Assistant To General Manager11%85%
Manager Stylist13%83%
Alteration Manager15%82%
Chief Operating Officer73%23%
District Commercial Superintendent90%2%
Director Of Plant Operations93%4%
General Superintendent94%3%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
General Superintendent
Director Of Plant Operations
District Commercial Superintendent
Chief Operating Officer
Alteration Manager
Manager Stylist
Administrative Assistant To General Manager
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Chief Operating Officer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among chief operating officers is White, which makes up 80.4% of all chief operating officers. Comparatively, there are 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 80.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.0%
  • Asian, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 1.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%
Job Title
Chief Operating Officer RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
80.4%
Hispanic or Latino
7.0%
Asian
7.0%
Black or African American
3.4%
Unknown
1.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.7%

Chief Operating Officer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among chief operating officers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
82.93%
3.34%
5.75%
6.19%
2011
83.12%
3.74%
5.38%
5.80%
2012
82.36%
3.67%
5.92%
6.26%
2013
82.62%
3.47%
6.03%
6.00%
2014
82.65%
3.61%
5.67%
6.32%
2015
82.60%
3.47%
5.65%
6.32%
2016
82.25%
3.38%
6.22%
6.15%
2017
80.89%
3.54%
6.75%
6.73%
2018
80.39%
3.38%
6.95%
7.04%

Chief Operating Officer Wage Gap By Race

White chief operating officers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown chief operating officers have the lowest average salary at $141,485.
$162,000
$158,000
$154,000
$150,000
$146,000
$142,000
$138,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$141,485
White$157,998
Black or African American$144,239
Asian$149,079
Hispanic or Latino$148,102

Average Age of a Chief Operating Officer

We determined the average age of chief operating officers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
52.5
53
Unknown
48.5
45
Asian
50
49
Hispanic or Latino
50
48
White
54
53
American Indian and Alaska Native
49.5
49

Chief Operating Officer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of chief operating officer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of chief operating officers is 40+ years old, which represents 89% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Chief Operating Officer YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
0%
30-40 years
11%
40+ years
89%

Types of Chief Operating Officer Degree Levels

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 65%
  • Masters, 21%
  • Associate, 7%
  • Doctorate, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 4%
Job Title
Chief Operating Officer DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
65%
Masters
21%
Associate
7%
Doctorate
3%
Other Degrees
4%

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Chief Operating Officer Wage Gap By Education

Chief operating officers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $175,060 annually. With a Doctorate degree, chief operating officers earn a median annual income of $169,695 compared to $158,116 for chief operating officers with an Bachelors degree.
$180,000
$168,000
$156,000
$144,000
$132,000
$120,000
$108,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$175,060
Bachelor's Degree$158,116
Doctorate Degree$169,695
Some College/ Associate Degree$119,456

Chief Operating Officer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ chief operating officers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most chief operating officers is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire chief operating officers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
6%
50 - 100 employees
6%
100 - 500 employees
15%
500 - 1,000 employees
17%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
29%
> 10,000 employees
28%

The Types Of Companies Chief Operating Officer Work In

Employees with the chief operating officer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most chief operating officers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
3%
Public
30%
Private
63%
Government
4%

Top Industries Hiring Chief Operating Officers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ chief operating officers. Those industries include health care, technology and finance.

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Health Care

Fortune 500

Technology

Finance

Hospitality

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Health Care
16%
Fortune 500
12%
Technology
12%
Finance
11%
Hospitality
8%
Professional
7%
Manufacturing
6%
Retail
5%
Non Profits
5%
Media
4%
Telecommunication
2%
Government
2%
Utilities
2%
Insurance
2%
Real Estate
2%
Pharmaceutical
1%
Transportation
1%
Automotive
1%
Construction
1%
Start-up
1%
Education
1%
Energy
1%

Chief Operating Officer Turnover And Employment Statistics

Chief Operating Officer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of chief operating officers changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescChief Operating Officer Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
4.37%
2011
3.53%
2012
3.04%
2013
2.67%
2014
2.12%
2015
1.80%
2016
1.98%
2017
1.88%
2018
1.65%

The Average Number of Years That Chief Operating Officer Stay in a Job

By looking over 26,911 chief operating officers resumes, we figured out that the average chief operating officer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
8%
1-2 years
33%
3-4 years
18%
5-7 years
18%
8-10 years
8%
11+ years
15%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Chief Operating Officers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to chief operating officers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Vice President Of Engineering15.08%
Lead Manager17.88%
Chief Operating Officer19.04%
Crew Manager21.82%
Advertising Manager25.47%
Medical Consultant28.57%
Shelter Manager29.21%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Vice President Of Engineering
15.08%
Lead Manager
17.88%
Crew Manager
21.82%
Advertising Manager
25.47%
Medical Consultant
28.57%
Shelter Manager
29.21%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Chief Operating Officers

The most common foreign language among chief operating officers is Spanish at 40.4%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.9% and German is the third-most popular at 8.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 40.4%
  • French, 13.9%
  • German, 8.5%
  • Chinese, 5.2%
  • Mandarin, 4.9%
  • Other, 27.1%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
40.4%
French
13.9%
German
8.5%
Chinese
5.2%
Mandarin
4.9%
Other
27.1%

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Where Do Chief Operating Officers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where chief operating officers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Chief Operating Officers Located?

By looking through more than 26,911 resumes, we found that the most popular places for chief operating officers are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Chief Operating Officers

Where Are Chief Operating Officers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country chief operating officers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings