Director of Professional Services Salary

Directors of Professional Services in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $112K annually. In the world of Directors of Professional Services, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $170K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $31K and $18K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Directors of Professional Services (69 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Directors of Professional Services like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$64,931 - $151,920

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$64,931 - $151,920  
$1,036 - $30,688  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $17,879  
$-0.50 - $49,665  
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).
$65,664 - $169,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 467
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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Enterprise Application Integration, Strategic Project Management, Project Management, and Team Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $87K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $109K. Directors of Professional Services who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $130K. Directors of Professional Services with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Directors of Professional Services in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Professional Services will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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Team Management
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Budget Management
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Strategic Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.


31 %
69 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%