Earnings for Senior Directors of Strategy in the United States come in at around $154K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Directors of Strategy approaches anywhere from $105K on the lower end to $254K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $56K from bonuses and upwards of $50K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Senior Directors of Strategy like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and almost all earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Directors of Strategy (66 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$100,725 - $208,798
MEDIAN: $154,031

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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.
$100,725 - $208,798  
$9,748 - $55,770  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $50,224  
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).
$104,924 - $253,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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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 move into a Marketing VP role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Marketing VPs earn $149K a year on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Director of Strategy

Survey results imply that Senior Directors of Strategy deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Business Development, Strategy, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Operations Management, and Strategic Marketing. 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.

Senior Directors of Strategy with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $124K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $152K. Senior Directors of Strategy who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $183K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $184K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $174,438

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Directors of Strategy in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 64 percent above the national average. Senior Directors of Strategy can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Directors of Strategy in Baltimore earning a whopping 39 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Washington (19 percent lower and 13 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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Strategy Development
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Strategic Planning
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Business Strategy
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Product Management
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National Average

Product Development
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Operations Management
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


34 %
66 %

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: 83%
dental benefits
None: 3%