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Director of Strategic Planning Salary

Directors of Strategic Planning receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $127K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings of Directors of Strategic Planning can occasionally include $39K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $74K to almost $195K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men account for the majority of Directors of Strategic Planning who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$72,193 - $163,438
MEDIAN: $118,244

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$72,193 - $163,438  
$1,900 - $38,720  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $39,149  
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).
$74,138 - $194,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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

Survey results imply that Directors of Strategic Planning put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Strategic Marketing, Strategic Project Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Business Planning. Those familiar with Strategic Planning also tend to 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in 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 $114K. Directors of Strategic Planning see a median salary of $139K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $140K.

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Experience Affects Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

Strategic Marketing
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Strategic Planning
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Strategic Project Management
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National Average

Business Development
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Business Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.


37 %
63 %

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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%