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Operations Manager Demographics in the US

The average employee age for operations managers is 44 years. The operations manager workforce reached a whopping 330,867 in 2020!

Among operations managers, we discovered that 30.4% of them are women, while 65.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among operations managers is White, which makes up 72.2% of all operations managers. Comparatively, there are 13.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.1% of the Asian ethnicity.

Operations Manager Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 330,867 operations managers currently employed in the United States.
  • 30.4% of all operations managers are women, while only 65.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed operations manager is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of operations managers is White (72.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.3%) and Asian (6.1%).
  • The majority of operations managers are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Operations managers are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Operations managers are paid an average annual salary of $77,288.
  • New York, NY pays an annual average wage of $95,202, the highest in the US.
  • Operations managers average starting salary is $49,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 87% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid operations managers earn as much as $121,000 or more.
  • Wisconsin is the best state for operations managers to live.
  • Operations managers are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.

Operations Manager Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among operations managers is White, which makes up 72.2% of all operations managers. Comparatively, there are 13.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.1% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 72.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.3%
  • Asian, 6.1%
  • Black or African American, 5.7%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Operations Managers

The chart below shows that 56.4% of operations managers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.7% and German is the third-most popular at 3.8%.

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  • Spanish, 56.4%
  • French, 7.7%
  • German, 3.8%
  • Portuguese, 3.8%
  • Arabic, 3.4%
  • Other, 24.9%

Types of Operations Manager Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for operations managers. The most common degree for operations managers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 54% of operations managers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 15% and rounding it off is master's degree with 7%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 54%
  • Associate degree, 15%
  • Masters degree, 7%
  • High School Diploma degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 18%

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Operations Manager 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 operations managers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Operations Manager Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the operations manager position over time.


Operations Manager 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 operations managers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of an Operations Manager Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of operations managers based on ethnicity and gender.


The Average Number of Years That Operations Manager Stay in a Job

By looking over 229,788 operations managers resumes, we figured out that the average operations manager 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

Operations Manager Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of operations manager employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of operations managers is 40+ years old, which represents 64% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Operations Manager 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
Administrative Assistant To General Manager11%85%
Manager Stylist13%83%
Alteration Manager15%82%
Operations Manager66%30%
District Commercial Superintendent90%2%
Director Of Plant Operations93%4%
General Superintendent94%3%
General Superintendent
Director Of Plant Operations
District Commercial Superintendent
Operations Manager
Alteration Manager
Manager Stylist
Administrative Assistant To General Manager

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Operations Managers 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 operations managers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Research And Development Director15.08%
Operations Manager17.88%
Vice President Of Programming18.57%
Crew Manager21.82%
Advertising Manager25.47%
Patient Services Manager28.57%
Group Home Manager29.21%

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Operations Manager Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Operations Manager Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Operations Manager Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$73,412
Some College/ Associate Degree$80,020
Bachelor's Degree$92,125
Master's Degree$116,665

Operations Manager Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Operations Manager Heatmaps

Where Do Operations Managers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where operations managers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Operations Managers Located?

By looking through more than 229,788 resumes, we found that the most popular places for operations managers are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Operations Managers

Where Are Operations Managers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country operations managers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Operations Manager Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ operations managers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most operations managers is the retail industry.

What Percentage Of Operations Manager Jobs Are Remote?

1.1% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

98.9% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire operations managers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Operations Manager Work In

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

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Top Industries Hiring Operations Managers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ operations managers. Those industries include retail, transportation and technology.

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