Director of Strategic Planning Salary

Salaries for Directors of Strategic Planning in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. Total cash compensation to Directors of Strategic Planning approaches anywhere from $76K on the lower end to $189K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $36K from bonuses and upwards of $25K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Directors of Strategic Planning report high levels of job satisfaction. Directors of Strategic Planning who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent.

$75,337 - $163,147
MEDIAN: $119,457

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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.
$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

Survey results imply that Directors of Strategic Planning put a diverse skill set to use. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Business Development and Business Planning. Most people skilled in Strategic Planning are similarly competent in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $89K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $117K. Directors of Strategic Planning claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $137K. 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 $145K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,067

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Directors of Strategic Planning in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Strategic Planning will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas.

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Experience Affects Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

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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%