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Organizational Development Director Salary (United States)

Organizational Development Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $116K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Organizational Development Directors — including $31K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $66K to $171K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Organizational Development Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Female Organizational Development Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Organizational Development Director Salary (?
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$65,486 - $151,824
MEDIAN: $106,501
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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.
$65,486 - $151,824  
$1,500 - $30,600  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $9,787  
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).
$65,725 - $171,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Organizational Development, Project Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Human Resources, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Organizational Development also tend to 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.
Organizational Development Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $75K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $94K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $122K on average. 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 $138K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Organizational Development Directors will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Organizational Development Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+32 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Organizational Development Directors in Milwaukee make 36 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Organizational Development Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Organizational Development Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%