Director of Professional Services Salary

Directors of Professional Services in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $116K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Directors of Professional Services — including $39K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $67K to $179K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Directors of Professional Services greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Professional Services. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$66,283 - $154,911

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National Salary Data (?
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$66,283 - $154,911  
$1,505 - $39,348  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $20,000  
$-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).
$67,225 - $178,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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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 Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Those educated in Project Management tend to be well versed 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.

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $88K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $113K. Directors of Professional Services bring in $136K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $134K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Professional Services, 32 percent above the national average. Directors of Professional Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), New York (+26 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Orlando (5 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

Team Management
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Project 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 79 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%