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Senior Director of Strategy Salary

Salaries for Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($154K) per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Directors of Strategy varies from around $111K to approximately $242K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $51K and $30K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male Senior Directors of Strategy than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. Most Senior Directors of Strategy like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$100,412 - $202,457
MEDIAN: $154,172

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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.
$100,412 - $202,457  
$6,082 - $51,285  
Profit Sharing
$2,447 - $30,160  
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).
$110,940 - $242,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 622

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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 see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Executive Director. The average pay for an Executive Director is $74K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Senior Directors of Strategy report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Directors of Strategy — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $145K per year. Senior Directors of Strategy with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $181K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $194K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Directors of Strategy, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 17 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 San Francisco (+6 percent). Washington is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Denver and 8 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%

Financial Analysis

Business Strategy

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Strategy Development
up arrow 1%

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 104 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%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 3%