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Chief Operating Officer

Find out how to become a chief operating officer and work in the management industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Chief Operating Officer is $156,300 - 300,000 annually


Chief operating officers are the second highest-ranking officers in a company and make key corporate decisions regarding daily operations. Employment for chief operating officers to 2019 is expected to remain stable. Employment in this very large occupation fell over the last five years.

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Key skills

Chief operating officers have overall control of the daily operations and main purposes of an organisation. They help set company policy.

  • Set high standards regarding company policy and principles
  • Instruct and support the work of middle managers and directors
  • Work with and create key reports to inform organisational performance
  • Ensure effective staffing levels in conjunction with operations managers
  • Act as an official representative of an organisation at functions and other public events
  • Oversee the selection and management of senior personnel

Quick facts

Working as a chief operating officer will give you the opportunity to make key decisions and utilise your excellent people skills.

  • Average Hours Worked
    46 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; manufacturing; and other industries
  • Average qualification level
    30% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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