Directors of Strategy in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $126K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Directors of Strategy incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $41K from bonuses and close to $26K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $79K and $196K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Strategy, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Directors of Strategy are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$77,638 - $173,574
MEDIAN: $125,508

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$77,638 - $173,574  
$2,055 - $41,029  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $25,912  
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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).
$79,094 - $196,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 472

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Job Description for Director of Strategy

A director of strategy plans their company's overarching goals and vision. They work with other managers in the organization to achieve these goals using research, planning, and evaluation. A typical work day for a director of strategy involves a good deal of research. The director identifies trends in the market, forecasts patterns, researches the actions of competitors, and eventually formulates cohesive strategies based on this research. The final result of this research and observation is a cohesive strategy and plans that the director of strategy presents to the leaders of the company for approval. The director of strategy may also be responsible for planning training for lower-level employees in their organization as well. A director of strategy generally works full time for a single business, although they may also operate as a consultant for multiple companies on a contract basis. The director of strategy frequently works independently, although the director of strategy eventually meets with various business managers and leaders to present information and strategy.


Director of Strategy Tasks

  • Advise department heads and senior management on strategic initiatives.
  • Monitor progress of the firm and competition to ensure that strategic goals and benchmarks are met.
  • Identify and clarify business development needs and objectives.

Common Career Paths for Director of Strategy

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For Directors of Strategy, progressing to a Senior Director of Strategy role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Director of Strategy can earn $175K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director of Strategy

Directors of Strategy report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Business Analysis, Business Strategy, and Strategy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Social Media Marketing and Marketing Communications also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Business Strategy also know Project Management and Strategic Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Strategy

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

For Directors of Strategy, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $118K per year. Directors of Strategy bring in $148K after working for 10 to 20 years. Directors of Strategy 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 $151K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,732

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For those looking to make money, Directors of Strategy in Charlotte enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Directors of Strategy' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Directors of Strategy in Philadelphia bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Washington and 3 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director of Strategy Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Strategy Salaries

Business Analysis
up arrow 28%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Financial Analysis
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National Average

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Business Development
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Market Research
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 16%

Web Marketing
up arrow 26%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

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


37 %
63 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 4%