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Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Strategic Planning Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($95K) annually in the United States. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $23K and $18K, respectively — total cash payment to Strategic Planning Managers can bottom out near $61K or peak near $147K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Strategic Planning Managers is high. Men make up the majority of Strategic Planning Managers (67 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$61,206 - $127,627
MEDIAN: $95,138

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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.
$61,206 - $127,627  
$1,184 - $23,489  
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).
$61,452 - $147,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431

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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

Professional skills reported by Strategic Planning Managers are few in number. 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 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.

Strategic Planning Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $83K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $99K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum 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

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 (+16 percent) and Portland (+12 percent). Strategic Planning Managers in Chicago take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 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%