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Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Strategic Planning Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $95K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Strategic Planning Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $62K and $148K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $18K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Strategic Planning Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Strategic Planning Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men.

$61,495 - $128,359
MEDIAN: $95,159

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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.
$61,495 - $128,359  
$1,021 - $24,613  
Profit Sharing
$1,973 - $18,246  
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).
$61,530 - $148,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and Data Analysis. Most people who know 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.

Strategic Planning Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $82K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $99K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. Strategic Planning Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Strategic Planning Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Strategic Planning Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent) and Washington (+13 percent). Strategic Planning Managers in Chicago take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (19 percent lower) and New York (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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 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: 73% employee benefits None: 5%