Senior Director of Strategy Salary

Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $156K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Directors of Strategy bottoms out near $110K and approaches $250K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $56K from bonuses and almost $32K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Senior Directors of Strategy are male. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. For the most part, Senior Directors of Strategy enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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 may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Executive Director position, where pay tends to be around $74K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Senior Directors of Strategy seem to wield many skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Operations Management, and Product Development. Skill sets containing Strategy also tend to include Financial Analysis and Project Management. Most people skilled in Strategic Planning are similarly competent in Project Management and Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Director of Strategy

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For Senior Directors of Strategy, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $136K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Directors of Strategy make a median salary of $183K. Senior Directors of Strategy who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $200K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $181,473

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

Senior Directors of Strategy will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. 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). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Director of Strategy's salary, with Indianapolis Senior Directors of Strategy earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Employers in San Diego and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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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 Development
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Business Strategy
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Project Management
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Product Management

National Average

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%