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Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Average pay for a Strategic Planning Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $94K per year. Total cash compensation to Strategic Planning Managers approaches anywhere from $62K on the lower end to $148K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $24K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Strategic Planning Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Strategic Planning Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$61,285 - $128,048
MEDIAN: $94,335

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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.
$61,285 - $128,048  
$1,030 - $24,483  
Profit Sharing
$1,589 - $18,121  
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).
$61,564 - $147,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436

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Job Description for Strategic Planning Manager

Strategic planning managers lead their organization's overall strategic planning effort. They consult with senior managers to analyze past performance and determine the organization's best way forward - for example, in the management of mergers and acquisitions and the direction of the company's research and development. Additionally, strategic planning managers may have a large number of direct reports, and the manager must provide guidance and discipline for these employees. They must be able to conduct forecasting, helping senior leaders determine the best opportunities for growth within the business. They lead growth initiatives and may develop plans to purchase companies that would provide an opportunity for growth. This position is generally full time and takes place in an office setting, although travel may be required depending on the needs of the business.


Strategic Planning Manager Tasks

  • Perform data analysis to support investment and financial decisions.
  • Manage company investment portfolios and propose plans for improving investments.
  • Work with company management to develop business strategies.
  • Evaluate and contribute to the execution of mergers and acquisitions.

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Popular Skills for Strategic Planning Manager

Strategic Planning Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Strategic Planning, Data Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management and Data Analysis. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Strategic Planning Manager

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Strategic Planning Managers. The average beginner in this position makes around $82K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $99K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $117K. 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 $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Strategic Planning Managers that is 19 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Strategic Planning Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent) and Portland (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Chicago Strategic Planning Managers earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. St. Louis and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Strategic Planning Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Strategic Planning Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.


33 %
67 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%