Director of Strategy Salary

Directors of Strategy enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($126K) annually in the United States. 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 $80K and $197K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. More than half of Directors of Strategy (60 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of Directors of Strategy claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$79,000 - $175,529
$79K
$130K
$180K
MEDIAN: $125,632
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$23.76 - $46.26
$35
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$79,000 - $175,529  
   
Bonus
$2,538 - $40,985  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $25,856  
Commission
$22,500  
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).
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$80,350 - $197,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.00  
   
National Annualized 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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,538 - $40,985  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $25,856  
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).
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$80,350 - $197,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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.

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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.

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Directors of Strategy sometimes assume positions such as Senior Directors of Strategy. That role pays $174K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Strategy


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Business Analysis, Business Strategy, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Social Media Marketing and Web Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Business Strategy also know Project Management and Strategic Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Strategy

Pay by Experience for a Director of Strategy has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Strategy with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 80 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Strategy with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 227 salaries. An experienced Director of Strategy which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $150,000 based on 227 salaries. A Director of Strategy with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $154,000 based on 52 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,952

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

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Strategy, 25 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Washington, 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Tampa and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Director of Strategy

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Director of Strategy Salaries

▲13%

▲11%

National Average
$136,000

▼5%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Director of Strategy Salaries

Business Analysis
▲28%




Research Analysis
▲1%

People Management
▼0%

National Average
$136,000

▼2%




Financial Analysis
▼14%


▼22%

Social Media Marketing
▼26%

Marketing Communications
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 4%