Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Strategic Planning Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $95K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Strategic Planning Managers range from $62K on the low end to $146K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $25K and $15K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Strategic Planning Managers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Strategic Planning Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$62,057 - $127,311
MEDIAN: $95,269

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$62,057 - $127,311  
$1,007 - $24,869  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $14,544  
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).
$62,157 - $145,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
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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 report a focused set of job 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 Business Analysis, Project Management, and Data Analysis. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Strategic Planning Manager

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $85K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $99K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $114K. Strategic Planning Managers 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 $122K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Strategic Planning Managers, 17 percent above the national average. Strategic Planning Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Strategic Planning Manager's salary, with Chicago Strategic Planning Managers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in St. Louis and 11 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Strategic Planning Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Strategic Planning Manager Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Strategic Planning

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Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%