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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 $154K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $51K and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Directors of Strategy can bottom out near $108K or peak near $243K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Senior Directors of Strategy are male. For the most part, Senior Directors of Strategy enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a large number earn vision coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$99,747 - $202,362
MEDIAN: $153,833

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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.
$99,747 - $202,362  
$6,040 - $51,319  
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).
$107,693 - $243,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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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 may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Executive Director. That position usually brings in $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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management and Product Development. It is often found that people who know Strategic Planning are also skilled 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. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $144K per year. Senior Directors of Strategy with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $180K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $193K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Directors of Strategy in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Senior Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Senior Directors of Strategy have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Washington and 12 percent less in Denver, 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

Business Strategy
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Strategic Marketing
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Financial Analysis

National Average

up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Strategy Development
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Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

People Management
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Product Development
up arrow 7%

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.


37 %
63 %

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: 4%