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
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Chief Operating Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$8,149 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $8K
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Chief Operating Officer Career Path

Learn how to become a Chief Operating Officer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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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.”

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.”

Chief Operating Officer
11 Aug 2021

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

Chief of Staff
23 Jan 2020

“Great career progression and modern”

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Chief Operating Officer
31 Mar 2021

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

Chief Operating Officer
12 Feb 2020

“Management is understanding and great to work with.”

Chief Operating Officer
9 Feb 2021

“I started my career in sales as and account executive and worked my way up the company.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a chief operating officer

When working as a chief operating officer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Black Belt, Consulting, Six Sigma and Graduate Degree.

The most similar professions to chief operating officer are:
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  • Ceo
  • Cfo
  • Senior Leadership

The most common qualifications to become a chief operating officer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 2 - 4 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.