Director of Strategy Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Directors of Strategy in the United States, with median pay hovering around $127K per year. In the world of Directors of Strategy, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $40K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $31K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $82K and $199K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male Directors of Strategy are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$79,383 - $171,793
MEDIAN: $127,433

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$79,383 - $171,793  
$2,036 - $39,769  
Profit Sharing
$2,540 - $30,639  
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).
$81,643 - $198,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 716
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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.

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 $176K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Strategy

Directors of Strategy seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Business Analysis, Strategy, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 15 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Marketing and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Business Strategy also tend to 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 many Directors of Strategy, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $118K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Directors of Strategy see a median salary of $152K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $159K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $140,890

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Strategy, 8 percent above the national average. Directors of Strategy can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+7 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Directors of Strategy in Philadelphia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Washington (13 percent lower) and Minneapolis (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Strategy Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Strategy Salaries

Business Analysis
up arrow 24%

up arrow 15%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Business Development
up arrow 2%

Project Management

People Management

Financial Analysis

National Average

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 11%

Web Marketing
up arrow 17%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.


35 %
65 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%