On average, Directors of Strategy in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($127K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation to Directors of Strategy bottoms out near $80K and approaches $198K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $41K from bonuses and almost $26K from profit sharing. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Strategy report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Directors of Strategy are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,013 - $176,114
$79K
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MEDIAN: $126,568
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$18.59 - $49.50
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MEDIAN: $25.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$79,013 - $176,114  
   
Bonus
$2,480 - $41,267  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $25,760  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$80,206 - $197,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.08  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,480 - $41,267  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $25,760  
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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$80,206 - $197,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Strategy


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At the upper end, Directors of Strategy who move into a Senior Director of Strategy role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Directors of Strategy is a much higher $175K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Strategy


Directors of Strategy seem to wield many skills 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 27 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Marketing and Social Media Marketing also typically command lower compensation. 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

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


Directors of Strategy with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $119K. Directors of Strategy who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $149K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $150K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,887

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

For Directors of Strategy, working in the bustling city of Charlotte has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and San Francisco (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Strategy is geography, with workers in Philadelphia earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Washington and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Director of Strategy

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Director of Strategy Salaries



National Average
$137,000



Skills That Affect Director of Strategy Salaries

Business Analysis
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Research Analysis
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National Average
$137,000





Financial Analysis
up arrow 15%


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 26%

Web Marketing
up arrow 27%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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