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Director of Strategy Salary (United States)

Directors of Strategy enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($138K) annually in the United States. Total cash earnings of Directors of Strategy range from $79K on the low end to $197K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $40K and $25K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Directors of Strategy are largely men, dominating the profession at 67 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Strategy. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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$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

Directors of Strategy generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Web Marketing, People Management, and Strategic Marketing. The majority of those who know Business Strategy also know Project Management and Strategic Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Strategy

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For Directors of Strategy, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $116K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Directors of Strategy bring in $151K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $158K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Strategy, 21 percent higher than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and Denver, where Directors of Strategy typically earn around 19 percent, 14 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent more than usual. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Directors of Strategy's salary, with Philadelphia Directors of Strategy earning salaries that are 30 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Washington and Atlanta (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Strategy Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Strategy Salaries

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Common Health Benefits

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