Strategic Planning Manager Salary

Median pay for Strategic Planning Managers in the United States is around $93K per year. Overall cash earnings for Strategic Planning Managers stretch from $61K on the lower end to $141K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $23K from bonuses and $14K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of Strategic Planning Managers (66 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$60,893 - $127,016
MEDIAN: $93,195

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National Salary Data (?
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$60,893 - $127,016  
$927 - $22,566  
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $13,500  
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).
$60,738 - $140,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 465
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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 using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Financial Analysis, Business Strategy, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management, Strategic Project Management, and Data Analysis. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Strategic Planning Manager

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $81K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $98K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $110K on average. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,406

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Strategic Planning Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Strategic Planning Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Portland (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Strategic Planning Manager's salary, with St. Louis Strategic Planning Managers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Chicago and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Strategic Planning Manager Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Strategic Planning Manager Salaries

Business Analysis
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Financial Analysis
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Business Strategy

National Average

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Strategic Planning
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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 69 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: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 4%