Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for operations managers 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 409,946 operations managers currently employed in the United States.
  • 30.6% of all operations managers are women, while 69.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed operations manager is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of operations managers is White (67.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (15.4%), Asian (6.4%) and Black or African American (6.3%).
  • In 2021, women earned 89% of what men earned.
  • 10% of all operations managers are LGBT.
  • Operations managers are 54% more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.

Operations Manager Statistics By Gender

30.6% of operations managers are women and 69.4% of operations managers are men.

  • Male, 69.4%
  • Female, 30.6%

Operations Managers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male69.4%
Female30.6%

Gender Pay Gap For Operations Manager

Women Earn 89¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$80,227
female-income
Female Income
$71,388

Operations Manager Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Operations Manager Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201074.43%25.57%
201173.87%26.13%
201273.18%26.82%
201373.63%26.37%
201475.15%24.85%
201574.08%25.92%
201674.83%25.17%
201772.62%27.38%
201872.55%27.45%
201970.84%29.16%
202070.94%29.06%
202169.42%30.58%

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, district commercial superintendent and street superintendent have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Administrative Assistant To General Manager9%91%
Manager Stylist9%91%
Salon Manager12%88%
Operations Manager69%31%
General Superintendent97%3%
Street Superintendent97%3%
District Commercial Superintendent98%2%

Operations Manager Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among operations managers is White, which makes up 67.1% of all operations managers. Comparatively, there are 15.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 67.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.4%
  • Asian, 6.4%
  • Black or African American, 6.3%
  • Unknown, 4.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Operations Manager Race

Operations Manager RacePercentages
White67.1%
Hispanic or Latino15.4%
Asian6.4%
Black or African American6.3%
Unknown4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.5%

Operations Manager Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among operations managers.

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

Operations Manager Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201074.76%6.36%5.32%11.27%
201174.60%6.52%5.34%10.98%
201274.25%6.09%5.47%12.06%
201374.76%5.91%5.52%11.42%
201473.65%5.88%5.41%12.77%
201573.66%5.94%5.35%12.70%
201671.33%6.45%5.80%13.91%
201772.69%5.94%5.54%13.41%
201872.25%5.71%6.12%13.28%
201970.87%5.98%6.16%14.35%
202069.11%6.02%5.80%14.24%
202167.06%6.26%6.43%15.44%

Operations Manager Wage Gap By Race

Asian operations managers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american operations managers have the lowest average salary at $76,434.
$85,000
$83,000
$81,000
$79,000
$77,000
$75,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$78,932
White$82,215
Black or African American$76,434
Asian$83,650
Hispanic or Latino$80,103

Average Age of an Operations Manager

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

Male
Female

Operations Manager Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4245
Unknown4241
Asian4341
Hispanic or Latino4240
White4544
American Indian and Alaska Native4344

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.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Operations Manager Age

Operations Manager YearsPercentages
40+ years64%
30-40 years30%
20-30 years6%

Types of Operations Manager Degree Levels

The most common degree for operations managers is bachelor's degree 62% of operations managers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 17% and rounding it off is master's degree with 9%.

  • Bachelors, 62%
  • Associate, 17%
  • Masters, 9%
  • High School Diploma, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 5%

Operations Managers By Education

Operations Manager DegreePercentages
Bachelors62%
Associate17%
Masters9%
High School Diploma7%
Other Degrees5%

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Operations Manager Wage Gap By Education

Operations managers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $102,513 annually. With a Doctorate degree, operations managers earn a median annual income of $98,305 compared to $86,797 for operations managers with an Bachelors degree.
$105,000
$98,000
$91,000
$84,000
$77,000
$70,000
$63,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$69,161
Master's Degree$102,513
Bachelor's Degree$86,797
Doctorate Degree$98,305
Some College/ Associate Degree$71,543

Operations Manager Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where operations managers work. We found most operations managers work for a public company. In addition, the industry that employs the most operations managers is the retail industry.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Operations Manager Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees2%
50 - 100 employees7%
100 - 500 employees7%
500 - 1,000 employees2%
1,000 - 10,000 employees18%
> 10,000 employees63%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Operations Manager Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public54%
Private43%
Government2%

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.

Fortune 500

Retail

Transportation

Finance

Technology

Operations Manager Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Operations Manager Unemployment Rate By Year

YearOperations Manager Unemployment Rate
20106.02%
20115.17%
20124.50%
20133.74%
20143.19%
20152.83%
20162.57%
20172.68%
20182.15%
20192.22%
20203.68%
20214.01%

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Operations Manager Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year11%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years18%
5-7 years18%
8-10 years7%
11+ years13%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Administration Vice President7.93%48,271
Aquatic Director8.41%20,846
Internet Sales Manager9.38%97,589
Operations Manager10.39%-
Board Of Directors Member11.63%14,968
Human Resources Lead13.02%48,122
Advertising Manager14.95%43,083

Operations Manager LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Administration Vice President7.93%48,271
Aquatic Director8.41%20,846
Internet Sales Manager9.38%97,589
Board Of Directors Member11.63%14,968
Human Resources Lead13.02%48,122
Advertising Manager14.95%43,083

Foreign Languages Spoken By Operations Managers

The most common foreign language among operations managers is Spanish at 56.4%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.7% and German is the third-most popular at 3.8%.

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

Operations Manager Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish56.4%
French7.7%
German3.8%
Portuguese3.8%
Arabic3.4%
Other24.9%

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Operations Manager Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an operations manager can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of operations managers is $88,691. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Operations Managers Earn The Most?

Operations managers earn the most in Delaware, where the average operations manager salary is $108,230. 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

Which State Has The Most Operations Managers?

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

Number of Operations Managers

Number Of Operations Manager Jobs By State

Where Are Operations Managers In High Demand?

Operations managers are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 347 job openings for operations managers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country operations managers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Operations Manager Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Operations Managers Are Female?

31.6% of operations managers are female in the United States. This is 1.8 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female operations managers has increased by 3.8 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 104,553 female operations managers in the U.S. and 226,314 male operations managers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 330,867 people with the specific job title of operations manager and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Operations Manager Are There In The Us?

There are over 409,946 Operations Managers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Operations Managers Are Black?

6.3% of Operations Managers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Operations Managers?

Most an are White, with 67.1% of Operations Managers belonging to this ethnicity. 15.4% of Operations Managers are Hispanic or Latino, 6.4% of Operations Managers are Asian, 6.3% of Operations Managers are Black or African American, 4.3% of Operations Managers are Unknown, and 0.5% of Operations Managers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Operations Manager Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Operations Manager jobs are male - dominated. 69% of Operations Managers are male, and 30% are female, so there are more male Operations Managers than female Operations Managers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Operations Manager?

The average Operations Manager is 44 years old. 64% of Operations Managers are 40+ years old or older, 30% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 6% are between 20-30 years old

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