Director of Strategic Planning Salary

Wages for Directors of Strategic Planning in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. Cash earnings for Directors of Strategic Planning — including $36K in bonuses and $25K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $76K to $189K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Directors of Strategic Planning enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. There are more male Directors of Strategic Planning than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$75,337 - $163,147
MEDIAN: $119,457

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National Salary Data (?
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$75,337 - $163,147  
$1,014 - $36,389  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $25,000  
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).
$76,054 - $188,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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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

Directors of Strategic Planning report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Business Development and Business Planning. For most people, competency in Strategic Planning indicates knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $89K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $117K. Directors of Strategic Planning bring in $137K after working for 10 to 20 years. Directors of Strategic Planning who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $145K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,067

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Strategic Planning, 37 percent above the national average. Directors of Strategic Planning will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Experience Affects Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 23%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Strategic Marketing
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National Average

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 2%

Business Planning
up arrow 8%

Business Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 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: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%