Director of Strategy Salary

Directors of Strategy in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $125K per year on average. In the world of Directors of Strategy, total cash compensation can vary between $78K and $193K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $37K and $25K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Directors of Strategy enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Directors of Strategy are male. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$76,103 - $168,579
MEDIAN: $124,625

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$76,103 - $168,579  
$1,803 - $37,264  
Profit Sharing
$2,432 - $24,889  
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).
$78,398 - $193,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 619
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Business Analysis, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 18 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Analysis 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

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $114K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $131K. Directors of Strategy with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $149K. 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 $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Directors of Strategy, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Philadelphia Directors of Strategy have considerably lower salaries, 33 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Washington and Minneapolis (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Strategy Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Strategy Salaries

up arrow 29%

Business Analysis
up arrow 18%

Business Development
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Marketing Communications
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Research Analysis
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Project Management

National Average

People Management
up arrow 4%

Market Research
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Web Marketing
up arrow 16%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 18%

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.


34 %
66 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%