Organizational Development Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Organizational Development Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $111K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $33K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Organizational Development Directors can bottom out near $69K or peak near $175K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Most Organizational Development Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$68,469 - $155,196
MEDIAN: $110,689

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$68,469 - $155,196  
$1,966 - $32,695  
Profit Sharing
$982 - $10,570  
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).
$68,614 - $174,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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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

Survey results imply that Organizational Development Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Human Resources, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Organizational Development also know Change Management and Strategic Planning. Most people familiar with Training Program Development also know Strategic Planning and Change Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Organizational Development Director

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $80K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $102K. Organizational Development Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $123K. 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 $140K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,957

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For Organizational Development Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Organizational Development Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Organizational Development Directors in Milwaukee earning a whopping 37 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (13 percent lower) and Los Angeles (5 percent lower).

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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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National Average

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Training Program Development
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Project Management
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

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


70 %
30 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 11%