Organizational Development Director Salary

Organizational Development Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Organizational Development Directors varies from around $69K to approximately $174K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $32K and $10K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Organizational Development Directors making up 72 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$68,766 - $153,472
MEDIAN: $111,374

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$68,766 - $153,472  
$2,073 - $31,943  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $10,154  
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).
$68,989 - $173,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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Job Description for Organizational Development Director

Getting the most out of an organization's employees isn't simply a matter of filling empty slots with warm bodies and hoping for the best. Many organizations have entire teams dedicated to the task of training employees and getting the most out of them. The leader of this department is called the director of organizational development, and this director coordinates the entirety of the organization's employee development programs.


Organizational Development Director Tasks

  • Assess current organizational process and make recommendations for strategic changes.
  • Develop and execute an organizational development process plan.

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Popular Skills for Organizational Development Director

Organizational Development Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people familiar with Training Program Development also know Strategic Planning and Change Management. The majority of those who know Organizational Development also know Change Management and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Organizational Development Director

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

For many Organizational Development Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $78K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $105K. Organizational Development Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $125K. Organizational Development Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Organizational Development Directors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Organizational Development Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Organizational Development Directors in Milwaukee earn salaries far below the national average by 37 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Organizational Development Director Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Organizational Development Director Salaries

Organizational Development
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Strategic Planning
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National Average

Project Management
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Training Program Development
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.


72 %
28 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 11%