Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Strategic Planning Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $94K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $24K and $17K, respectively — total cash payment to Strategic Planning Managers can bottom out near $62K or peak near $144K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male Strategic Planning Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (69 percent) are men. For the most part, Strategic Planning Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$61,744 - $126,934
MEDIAN: $94,236

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National Salary Data (?
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$61,744 - $126,934  
$974 - $24,450  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $17,452  
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).
$62,197 - $143,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 415
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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

Survey results suggest that Strategic Planning Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Business Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management, Strategic Project Management, and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For Strategic Planning Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $82K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $113K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $119K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

For Strategic Planning Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Strategic Planning Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Strategic Planning Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Strategic Planning Managers in Chicago bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (19 percent less) and New York (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Financial Analysis
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National Average

Strategic Planning
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Business Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Strategic Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.


31 %
69 %

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: 71% employee benefits None: 4%