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Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Strategic Planning Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $102K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Strategic Planning Managers approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $146K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $22K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Strategic Planning Managers (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Strategic Planning Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$59,685 - $128,110
MEDIAN: $96,169

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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.
$59,685 - $128,110  
$1,163 - $22,128  
Profit Sharing
$1,589 - $15,101  
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).
$59,657 - $146,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Strategic Planning, Data Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Strategic Planning Manager

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

For Strategic Planning Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $84K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $101K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $116K. 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 $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Strategic Planning Managers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Strategic Planning Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent) and Portland (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Strategic Planning Managers in St. Louis earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York and Chicago (15 percent lower).

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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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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%