Senior Director of Strategy Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States, with median pay hovering around $153K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Directors of Strategy runs from $106K to $241K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $51K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. More than half of Senior Directors of Strategy (62 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and most get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction for Senior Directors of Strategy is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$99,639 - $201,613

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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.
$99,639 - $201,613  
$5,210 - $50,748  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $29,941  
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).
$106,238 - $241,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
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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 strong hit for Senior Directors of Strategy who move to positions like Executive Director. Executive Directors usually make $73K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Senior Directors of Strategy report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, People Management, Financial Analysis, and Strategy 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 Strategic Planning are also skilled in Project Management and Financial Analysis. A tool kit that includes Strategy also typically contains 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.

For many Senior Directors of Strategy, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $141K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $179K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $192K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Directors of Strategy, 33 percent above the national average. Senior Directors of Strategy can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). Senior Directors of Strategy in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. 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

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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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%