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
Gender Pay Gap For Chief Operating Officer
Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man
Chief Operating Officer Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the chief operating officer position over time.
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.
|Administrative Assistant To General Manager||11%||85%|
|Chief Operating Officer||73%||23%|
|District Commercial Superintendent||90%||2%|
|Director Of Plant Operations||93%||4%|
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.
- 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.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Chief Operating Officer Wage Gap By Race
Average Age of a Chief Operating Officer
We determined the average age of chief operating officers based on ethnicity and gender.
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.
Types of Chief Operating Officer Degree Levels
- Bachelors, 65%
- Masters, 21%
- Associate, 7%
- Doctorate, 3%
- Other Degrees, 4%
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Chief Operating Officer Wage Gap By Education
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.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire chief operating officers.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
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.
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.
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
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%.
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.
|Vice President Of Engineering||15.08%|
|Chief Operating Officer||19.04%|
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%.
- Spanish, 40.4%
- French, 13.9%
- German, 8.5%
- Chinese, 5.2%
- Mandarin, 4.9%
- Other, 27.1%