Senior Director of Strategy Salary

On average, Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($156K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses approaching $56K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $32K, overall incomes of Senior Directors of Strategy spread between $110K and $250K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of Senior Directors of Strategy (65 percent) survey respondents. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. Work is enjoyable for Senior Directors of Strategy, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$100,842 - $206,820
MEDIAN: $156,285

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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.
$100,842 - $206,820  
$7,475 - $55,768  
Profit Sharing
$2,447 - $31,915  
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).
$110,373 - $250,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 706
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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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Senior Directors of Strategy who take an Executive Director role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Executive Directors is usually $74K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Business Development and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management, Operations Management, and Product Development. Most people familiar with Strategic Planning also know Project Management and Financial Analysis. The majority of those who know Strategy 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Directors of Strategy — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $136K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. For Senior Directors of Strategy, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $183K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $200K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $181,473

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

For Senior Directors of Strategy, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Senior Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), New York (+12 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Senior Directors of Strategy in Indianapolis make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (22 percent lower) and Washington (18 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Director of Strategy Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Director of Strategy Salaries

Business Development
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Business Strategy
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Project Management
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Product Management

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Strategic Planning
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Strategy Development
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Strategic Marketing
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Product Development
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Operations Management
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People Management
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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: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 3%