Director of Strategic Planning Salary

Generous salaries abound for Directors of Strategic Planning in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. In the world of Directors of Strategic Planning, overall income ranges from $76K near the bottom to $189K at the top; this can include more than $36K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men make up the majority of Directors of Strategic Planning (66 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$74,472 - $162,946

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National Salary Data (?
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$74,472 - $162,946  
$993 - $35,529  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $20,347  
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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).
$75,818 - $189,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 456
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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 show that Directors of Strategic Planning use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Strategic Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Business Planning and Business Development. 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $88K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $114K. On average, Directors of Strategic Planning make $137K following one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Strategic Planning Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Strategic Marketing
up arrow 1%

Strategic Planning

National Average

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 1%

Business Development
up arrow 5%

Business Planning
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.


34 %
66 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%