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Senior Director of Strategy Salary

An average Senior Director of Strategy in the United States can expect to take home roughly $154K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Directors of Strategy — including $51K in bonuses and $30K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $108K to $243K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and nearly all earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Directors of Strategy, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Senior Directors of Strategy (64 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$99,371 - $202,061
MEDIAN: $153,994

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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.
$99,371 - $202,061  
$6,104 - $51,494  
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $30,259  
$2,500 - $42,500  
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).
$107,560 - $243,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 620
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Job Description for Senior Director of Strategy

A senior director of strategy is responsible for continued sales growth and the company's public image. First and foremost, the senior director of strategy is a researcher and analyst. An effective senior director of strategy must constantly keep abreast of literature on marketing best practices. The senior director of strategy also conducts and manages focus groups to determine customer trends and perceptions.


Senior Director of Strategy Tasks

  • Identify opportunities for growth and develop plans to take advantage of them.
  • Analyze trends in the industry and among competitors to develop proposals for objectives the company should implement.
  • Evaluate potential business partnerships and decide which opportunities to pursue.
  • Develop short and long term strategies for increasing a company’s business and market share.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of strategies by comparing company performance with competitors and analyzing financial returns.

Common Career Paths for Senior Director of Strategy

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As Senior Directors of Strategy make advancements to positions like Executive Director, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, Executive Directors make $74K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

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

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Director of Strategy

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $144K per year. Senior Directors of Strategy who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $180K. Senior Directors of Strategy with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $194K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Senior Directors of Strategy that is 22 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+2 percent). Senior Directors of Strategy in Washington earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (10 percent lower) and Denver (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Director of Strategy Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Director of Strategy Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Project Management
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National Average

Strategy Development
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Strategic Planning
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Product Development
up arrow 7%

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.


36 %
64 %

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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 3%