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Working As A Senior Operations Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Operations Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Senior Operations Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Senior Operations Engineer Career Paths

Senior Operations Engineer
Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Lead Technician Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Release Engineer 2.6 years
Devops Engineer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Operations Engineer
Engineer 8.2%
Consultant 3.7%
Top Careers After Senior Operations Engineer
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 5.7%
Engineer 4.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Senior Operations Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Operations Engineer in the United States is $102,224 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Senior Operations Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineer Advisor Production Operations Occidental Oil and Gas Houston, TX Dec 02, 2016 $200,000
Senior Cloud Operations Engineer Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Oct 19, 2015 $175,000
Senior IP Architect and Operations Engineer Jive Communications Inc. Orem, UT Sep 11, 2015 $170,000
SR. DEV OPS Engineer Twilio Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 25, 2015 $160,000
Senior Operations Engineer Mozilla Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 02, 2016 $157,900
Senior Siri Hadoop Operations Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 15, 2015 $155,000 -
$175,000
Senior Operations Engineer Postrock Energy Corporation Oklahoma City, OK Sep 26, 2015 $155,000
Senior Data Operations Engineer Zipongo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 12, 2016 $155,000
Senior Operations Engineer Postrock Energy Services Corporation Oklahoma City, OK Sep 03, 2016 $155,000
Senior Operations Engineer Applovin Corporation Palo Alto, CA Sep 16, 2016 $150,000 -
$165,000
SR. DEV OPS Engineer Solarcity Corporation San Mateo, CA Nov 16, 2015 $147,500
Senior Engineer, Operating System Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2015 $145,000
Senior Operations Engineer SDG Corporation Norwalk, CT May 12, 2016 $145,000
Senior Operations Engineer Cotap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2015 $141,856
Senior Operations Software Engineer Aptimus Seattle, WA Jan 27, 2015 $120,000 -
$127,996
SR. Cloud Operations Engineer Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $120,000
Senior Operation Engineer Checkster, Inc. Novato, CA Jul 11, 2016 $120,000
SR. PD Engineer-Development Operations Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA May 23, 2016 $120,000
SR. Cloud Operations Engineer Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 10, 2015 $120,000
Senior Operations Engineer Simply Measured Seattle, WA Jul 16, 2015 $119,309 -
$129,309
Senior Analyst-Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology San Francisco, CA May 18, 2015 $118,061 -
$120,000
Storage Operations-SR Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA Feb 03, 2016 $117,998 -
$140,000
Senior Engineer-OPS Engineering Access Business Group LLC Buena Park, CA Apr 06, 2015 $106,850 -
$142,633
SR. Operations Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas Taylor, TX Jan 15, 2015 $105,581
Senior Market Operations Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas Taylor, TX Jan 07, 2015 $105,581
Senior Operation Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Aug 20, 2016 $105,331 -
$111,000
Senior DB DEV OPS Engineer Wellcentive, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 26, 2016 $105,000 -
$120,000
SR. PD Engineer-Development Operations Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 11, 2016 $105,000
Senior Engineer, Siebel Operations Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Mar 28, 2016 $105,000
DEV OPS Engineering-Senior Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA May 08, 2016 $102,294 -
$130,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Operations Engineer

  1. AFE
  2. Windows XP
  3. Linux
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  • Developed and organized Process Safety Information in a way easily understood by production technicians.
  • Provided post flight data analysis support using software OS90, DCRSI systems, VMS and Oracle and Windows XP applications.
  • Configure, deploy and monitor infrastructure of production java applications running in a Linux environment.
  • Monitor and managed SQL Server Clustered environment.
  • Conducted troubleshooting of customer servers/database and offline clients, reproduced/patched customer problems, and requested/tracked/implemented hot-fixes.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Operations Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Colorado
  5. California
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Arizona
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Wyoming
  10. Maryland
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Senior Operations Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Unknown

11.6%

Female

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

12.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.5%

Portuguese

8.1%

Arabic

8.1%

German

5.4%

Carrier

5.4%

Chinese

2.7%

Gujarati

2.7%

Cantonese

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

French

2.7%

Malay

2.7%

Czech

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Polish

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Italian

2.7%
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Senior Operations Engineer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

9.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

Purdue University

7.6%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

University of Texas at Austin

6.3%

Texas Tech University

5.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.6%

University of Washington

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.9%

Louisiana Tech University

4.2%

Colorado School of Mines

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Central State University

3.5%

National University

3.5%

Drexel University

3.5%

University of California - Berkeley

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

14.3%

Electrical Engineering

12.5%

Mechanical Engineering

12.1%

Computer Science

10.3%

Industrial Engineering

6.2%

Chemical Engineering

6.2%

Petroleum Engineering

5.5%

Management

5.3%

Industrial Technology

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Engineering

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Project Management

2.2%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Chemistry

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Masters

28.5%

Other

12.6%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.3%
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