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Senior Director of Strategy Salary

Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $154K annually. In the world of Senior Directors of Strategy, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $51K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $30K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $109K and $244K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a large number earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Directors of Strategy is high. More than half of Senior Directors of Strategy (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$100,063 - $202,320
MEDIAN: $153,975

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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.
$100,063 - $202,320  
$6,128 - $51,433  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $30,101  
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).
$109,414 - $243,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630

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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 $73K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Senior Directors of Strategy generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Marketing, Business Strategy, Financial Analysis, and Project Management 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. Those educated in Strategic Planning tend to be well versed in 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 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 $144K per year. On average, Senior Directors of Strategy make $180K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $193K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior Directors of Strategy, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Senior Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), Houston (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Washington is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Denver and 6 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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

Strategic Marketing
up arrow 3%

Business Strategy
up arrow 2%

Financial Analysis

Project Management

National Average

Strategy Development
up arrow 1%

up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 3%

Product Development
up arrow 7%

Operations Management
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%