Senior Director of Strategy Salary

Salaries for Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($153K) per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Directors of Strategy runs from $106K to $240K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $51K and profit sharing that can reach almost $29K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and most get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Directors of Strategy. The majority of Senior Directors of Strategy (62 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$99,445 - $201,928
MEDIAN: $152,892

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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.
$99,445 - $201,928  
$5,222 - $50,587  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $29,421  
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).
$106,161 - $240,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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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For Senior Directors of Strategy, a move to the Executive Director role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Executive Directors typically make $73K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Survey results suggest that Senior Directors of Strategy put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, People Management, Strategy, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Strategy Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Strategic Marketing and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Strategy are also skilled in Financial Analysis and Project Management. Those educated in Strategic Planning tend to be well versed in Project Management and Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Director of Strategy

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

Senior Directors of Strategy do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $141K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Directors of Strategy make a median salary of $178K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $193K.

Pay Difference by Location

Senior Directors of Strategy will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Senior Directors of Strategy can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+17 percent), Houston (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Directors of Strategy in Indianapolis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Washington (17 percent lower) and Denver (11 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

Project Management
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Financial Analysis
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People Management
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Strategic Planning
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Business Strategy
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Product Development
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Operations Management
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Strategic Marketing
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Strategy Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.


38 %
62 %

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: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%