Director of Strategic Planning Salary

Generous salaries abound for Directors of Strategic Planning in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($120K) per year. In the world of Directors of Strategic Planning, overall income ranges from $75K near the bottom to $188K at the top; this can include more than $35K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Directors of Strategic Planning who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,278 - $161,902
MEDIAN: $119,583

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$73,278 - $161,902  
$2,000 - $35,484  
Profit Sharing
$1,196 - $19,392  
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).
$74,863 - $188,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426

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Job Description for Director of Strategic Planning

The director of strategic planning holds a management-level position that involves working mainly with their company's senior management. These directors provide high-level guidance on the company's strategic plan, consulting with organizational leaders and making presentations on the company's past and future performance. They may work with the heads of multiple departments within the company (including finance, marketing, supply, and legal), company vendors, and other companies (to launch successful joint business ventures).


Director of Strategic Planning Tasks

  • Identify and communicate risks and opportunities and generate plans to address each.
  • Develop, analyze, and communicate business models to guide business decisions, promoting data-driven strategic change.
  • Manage strategic planning team daily and lead organization-wide strategy meetings.
  • Lead strategic planning, and set and advocate for internal and external goals.
  • Define, track, and communicate metrics around new initiatives, comparing to previous outcomes.

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Popular Skills for Director of Strategic Planning

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Marketing, Financial Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Business Planning. Most people experienced in Strategic Planning also know Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Strategic Planning

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

Directors of Strategic Planning with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $87K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $117K. Directors of Strategic Planning claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $139K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $142K.

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Experience Affects Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

Strategic Marketing
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Financial Analysis
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Strategic Planning

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Strategic Project Management
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Business Development
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Business Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.


35 %
65 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%