Director of Professional Services Salary

Directors of Professional Services in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $116K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Directors of Professional Services varies from around $69K to approximately $178K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $39K and $20K, respectively. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Directors of Professional Services like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$67,587 - $156,401
MEDIAN: $116,085

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National Salary Data (?
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$67,587 - $156,401  
$1,917 - $38,903  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $20,089  
$-0.50 - $39,732  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$69,139 - $177,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 554
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Job Description for Director of Professional Services

A director of professional services is a high-level manager who is responsible for the professional services performed by their firm. First and foremost, the director of professional services is a problem solver; the firm's services must be constantly evaluated to ensure high quality, and the director of professional services must conduct reviews to identify problems in processes or systems. Once a problem has been located, the director or professional services acts as a project manager to implement a solution. In acting as a project manager, the director of professional services works with consultants and team members to design the solution to be implemented. The director then delegates tasks related to that solution and monitors team members' progress. After the tasks are completed, individual pieces completed by team members are integrated into the solution; then, the director of professional services oversees testing and any additional changes as needed.


Director of Professional Services Tasks

  • Assist project managers and consultants with handling key clientele accounts.
  • Hire, develop and mentor team of consultants.
  • Manage a team of project managers and consultants to oversee successful completion of information technology projects.

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Popular Skills for Director of Professional Services

Directors of Professional Services report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Enterprise Application Integration, Strategic Project Management, Project Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. For most people, competency in Project Management indicates knowledge of Budget Management and Strategic Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Professional Services

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $89K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $112K. Directors of Professional Services claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $136K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,926

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Directors of Professional Services will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Directors of Professional Services will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). Directors of Professional Services in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 32 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Minneapolis (11 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Professional Services Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Professional Services Salaries

Project Management
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Budget Management
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Team Management
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Strategic Planning
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.


30 %
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%