Director of Professional Services Salary

Directors of Professional Services in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $116K annually. Total cash earnings of Directors of Professional Services range from $69K on the low end to $178K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $39K and $20K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,587 - $156,401
MEDIAN: $116,085

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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.
$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

Survey results imply that Directors of Professional Services put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Most people experienced in Project Management also know 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.

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $89K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $112K. On average, Directors of Professional Services make $136K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $135K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,926

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

For those looking to make money, Directors of Professional Services in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Directors of Professional Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Directors of Professional Services earning much less — 32 percent less — than the national average. Portland and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Director of Professional Services Salaries

National Average

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%