Director of Strategy Salary

Directors of Strategy in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $127K annually. Final cash compensation to Directors of Strategy varies from around $80K to approximately $201K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $40K and $26K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Strategy, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of Directors of Strategy (65 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,077 - $170,919
MEDIAN: $126,642

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$77,077 - $170,919  
$2,012 - $40,303  
Profit Sharing
$2,494 - $25,932  
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).
$79,507 - $201,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688
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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

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Directors of Strategy may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Director of Strategy, where median compensation is $176K annually.

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Popular Skills for

Directors of Strategy seem to require a rather large skill set. 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, 13 percent, and 7 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

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. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $116K per year. Directors of Strategy see a median salary of $152K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $159K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Directors of Strategy, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Strategy will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+10 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Director of Strategy's salary, with Philadelphia Directors of Strategy earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. Workers in Washington and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Business Analysis
up arrow 24%

up arrow 13%

Business Development
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Project Management

Marketing Communications

Research Analysis

National Average

People Management
up arrow 1%

Web Marketing
up arrow 20%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 24%

Data Analysis
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%