What does a Chief Operating Officer do?

Chief operating officers are one of the highest-ranking executives in an organization’s hierarchy and are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business. They play a lead role in major decision-making and provide oversight in core areas such as administration, facilities, budgeting, logistics, and human resources. They ensure systems are running properly in a safe and efficient manner. They implement policies and routines for managing resources, equipment, and personnel.

Chief operating officers typically have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a business field, although an MBA or other advanced degree is often expected. These roles require organized administrators with strong leadership capabilities. They must be able to monitor details of complex administrative projects while also focusing on “big picture” issues like long-term strategic planning.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Chief Operating Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$200,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$100K
Median: $200K
$336K
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Chief Operating Officer Career Path

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Chief Operating Officer Insights

Read what Chief Operating Officer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Actev Motors
Chief Operating Officer
23 Apr 2021

“Excellent product without matching marketing and social media promotion is a major shortcoming in this day and age.”

AudcompAudcomp
Chief Operating Officer
9 Feb 2021

“I have a great team that surrounds me and is the key to our success.”

IW GroupIW Group
Chief Operating Officer
17 Nov 2020

“A global operation constantly looking for good people creating many and varied opportunities for career progression.”

Top HatTop Hat
Chief of Staff
3 Jun 2019

“Ambitious and smart people: One of the things I hear and see every day at Top Hat is how incredible our people are.”

SantanderSantander
Chief Operating Officer
11 Aug 2021

“The pay isn’t the best considering other companies pay way more for the same role.”

Carolina Recording Systems
Chief Operating Officer
1 Dec 2021

“CRS is passionate about serving customers and making sure that employees find meaning and purpose in both their career and life.”

GlaxoSmithKlineGlaxoSmithKline
Chief of Staff
23 Jan 2020

“Great career progression and modern”

dcs plusdcs plus
Chief Operating Officer
31 Mar 2021

“This is one of the reasons why clients respect and appreciate the contact persons within the company”

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