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 $156K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Directors of Strategy — including $57K in bonuses and $30K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $111K to $251K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Directors of Strategy. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Senior Directors of Strategy are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$101,007 - $205,676
MEDIAN: $156,105

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National Salary Data (?
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$101,007 - $205,676  
$7,262 - $57,230  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $30,285  
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).
$111,049 - $250,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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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.

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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 $74K.

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Popular Skills for

Senior Directors of Strategy seem to wield many skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Business Development command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Those listing Strategy Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Operations Management and Strategic Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Strategic Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Financial Analysis. Those familiar with Strategy tend to be well versed in Financial Analysis and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Senior Directors of Strategy with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $140K. On average, Senior Directors of Strategy make $182K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $200K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior Directors of Strategy, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), New York (+13 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Senior Directors of Strategy have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (22 percent lower) and Washington (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Business Development
up arrow 24%

Project Management
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Business Strategy
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Financial Analysis
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National Average

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Strategic Planning
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People Management
up arrow 3%

Product Development
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Strategic Marketing
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Operations Management
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Strategy Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 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: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 83% employee benefits None: 3%