Director of Strategy Salary (United States)

Compensation for Strategy Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($137,510). Overall cash allowance—including $40K bonuses and $25K profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $75,198 and $169,452. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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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.
$75,198 - $169,452
MEDIAN: $123,856
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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.
$75,198 - $169,452  
$2,043 - $40,080  
Profit Sharing
$2,483 - $25,236  
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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).
$78,767 - $196,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 552
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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
  • Identify and clarify business development needs and objectives.
  • Monitor progress of the firm and competition to ensure that strategic goals and benchmarks are met.
  • Advise department heads and senior management on strategic initiatives.

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Popular Skills for Director of Strategy

Survey results suggest that Strategy Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Business Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Web Marketing, People Management, and Strategic Marketing. Those proficient in Business Strategy are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Strategic Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Strategy

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Strategy Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Annually raking in $116K at career start, professionals see salaries that surpass six figures immediately upon entering the field. Salary comes to $151K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades on the job, Strategy Directors see salary growth dwindle, averaging $158K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Home to some of the best pay for Strategy Directors, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and Denver are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Strategy Directors earning around 19 percent, 14 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent more than average. Location significantly influences compensation, with Philadelphia Strategy Directors earning much less—30 percent less—than the national average. Workers in Washington and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-13 percent and -8 percent).

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%
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