Senior Director of Strategy Salary (United States)

The average Senior Director of Strategy in the United States earns approximately $176,802 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $99,023 to approximately $201,324; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $51K and $31K, respectively. Residency and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Strategy Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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.
$99,023 - $201,324
MEDIAN: $152,737
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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.
$99,023 - $201,324  
$5,980 - $51,189  
Profit Sharing
$2,250 - $30,521  
$4,913 - $25,434  
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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).
$106,493 - $242,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 595
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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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Compensation may take a hit for Senior Strategy Directors who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like VP of Business Development make slightly less money than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Professional skills reported by Senior Strategy Directors are few in number. The majority of those 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.
Senior Strategy Directors with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Six-figure salaries are typical for those just entering the industry—pay starts at $147K per year. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $178K. Salaries grow more slowly as Senior Strategy Directors approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $192K. The largest number of Senior Strategy Directors have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Senior Strategy Directors that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Strategy Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Boston (+3 percent), and Los Angeles (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Washington is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (-8 percent) and Atlanta (-8 percent).

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Experience Affects Senior Director of Strategy Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Director of Strategy Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 4%
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