General and operations managers
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Overview
Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for general and operations managers are expected to grow by 9%, and should have about 210,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
General and operations managers are less likely to be automated than 72% of other careers.
Workforce size
General and operations managers, with 2,263,100 workers, form a larger workforce than 99% of careers.
Education
Only 47% of general and operations managers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by general and operations managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More general and operations managers have bachelor's degrees than 68% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for general and operations managers is higher than 92% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most general and operations managers.
This job's median $101KAll jobs' median $39K$104K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for general and operations managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 30% of general and operations managers -- that's a smaller percentage than 54% of other jobs.
Gender of general and operations managers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For general and operations managers, the median men's salary was 28% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 14% of general and operations managers are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of general and operations managers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in General and Operations Managers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 50% of general and operations managers, and 72% have company-sponsored health insurance (15% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for general and operations managers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 46% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of general and operations managers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (78%)
  • Time Pressure (75%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (62%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (54%)
  • Consequence of Error (47%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (35%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do general and operations managers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for general and operations managers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for general and operations managers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for general and operations managers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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Note: The salaries for general and operations managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all general and operations managers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for general and operations managers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for general and operations managers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where general and operations managers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of General and operations managers (ACS)
Private for-profit (82.3%)
Private not-for-profit (5.2%)
Local government (3.1%)
State government (1.7%)
Federal government (2.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (3.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.3%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of general and operations managers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$67K$74K$67K$69K$63K$62K$92K$42K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Note: The salaries for general and operations managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Distribution: Salaries of general and operations managers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$101K$133K$101K$100K$93K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Note: The salaries for general and operations managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for general and operations managers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
General and operations managers and gender

With 30% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 54% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of General and operations managers
Men (70%)
Women (30%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for general and operations managers tops that, with the median salary for men 28% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$57K$72K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. General and operations managers have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 76% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of general and operations managers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority general and operations managers than for 76% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of general and operations managers
White (84% )
Black (6% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for general and operations managers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for general and operations managers by nativity
$65K$67K$0$50K$100K$150KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by general and operations managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), general and operations managers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as general and operations managers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for general and operations managers.

Education attained by general and operations managers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for general and operations managers

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for general and operations managers

Some top executive positions may require the applicant to have a license or certification relevant to their area of management. For example, some employers may require their chief executive officer to be a certified public accountant (CPA).

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for general and operations managers? Below we see the distribution of general and operations managers salaries based on the education attained. You may have noticed in the dashboard and elsewhere that BLS top-codes salaries. ACS also engages in a form of top-coding, but by looking at the broader field of general and operations managers and using the ACS, we are able to see some of the higher salaries and can give a better idea of the range of salaries for this field. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as general and operations managers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$51K$56K$61K$62K$75K$94K$92K$103K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (2%)High School (16%)Some College (25%)Associate's Degree (9%)Bachelor's Degree (33%)Master's Degree (12%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by general and operations managers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as general and operations managers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of General and operations managers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
7.9%
$0$200K$63K
4.0%
$0$200K$60K
3.4%
$0$200K$67K
3.1%
$0$200K$53K
2.9%
$0$200K$72K
2.8%
$0$200K$73K
2.7%
$0$200K$56K
2.5%
$0$200K$89K
2.0%
$0$200K$97K
1.9%
$0$200K$60K
1.9%
$0$200K$63K
1.8%
$0$200K$48K
1.6%
$0$200K$87K
1.4%
$0$200K$80K
1.3%
$0$200K$54K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as general and operations managers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by general and operations managers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersRetail salespersonsElementary and middle school teachersMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsCustomer service representativesService sales representativesLawyers, judges, and magistratesBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersManagement analystsFinancial analystsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsPersonal financial advisorsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersMechanical engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersArchitectural and engineering managersIndustrial engineersCivil engineersAerospace engineersBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessMarketingAccountingPsychologyFinancePolitical Science andGovernmentEconomicsCommunicationsMechanical EngineeringAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for general and operations managers

What jobs will most general and operations managers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of general and operations managers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

General and operations managersManagers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of retail sales workersFood service managersChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersFinancial managersFirst-line supervisors of production and operating workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for general and operations managers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 9 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as general and operations managers as well as 1% of respondents after working as general and operations managers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for general and operations managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
Financial managers
56,900
$0$200K$68K
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
Food service managers
37,100
$0$200K$37K
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for general and operations managers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as general and operations managers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of general and operations managers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for general and operations managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
37.3%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
4.1%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
8.0%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
1.1%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
2.7%
Financial managers
56,900
$0$200K$68K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
2.2%
Food service managers
37,100
$0$200K$37K
2.5%
Construction managers
34,800
$0$200K$66K
1.6%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
2.5%
No occupation
3.5%
Read about general and operations managers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives:

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

There may be other types of chief executives, for example chief operating officers (COOs), chief financial officers (CFOs), or chief human resources officers, who manage a specific part of the business organization. The knowledge, skills, and job duties that these executives have will differ depending on what department they oversee.

Job titles may vary in the public sector or in the education industry. The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector for local and state governments:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed.

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of general and operations managers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.
Decisionmaking skills
Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.
Leadership skills
Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.
Management skills
Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.
Problem-solving skills
Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.
Time-management skills
Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for general and operations managers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for general and operations managers was higher than 92% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $101KAll jobs' median $39K$102K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K

Note: The salaries for general and operations managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.

Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for general and operations managers are anticipated to grow by 9% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 57% of other jobs.

The projected employment for general and operations managers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most general and operations managers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as general and operations managers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of General and Operations Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where general and operations managers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for general and operations managers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for general and operations managers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: General and Operations Managers to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which general and operations managers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like General and operations managers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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