Organizational Development Director Salary

Wages for Organizational Development Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($113K) per year. Total incomes of Organizational Development Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $34K from bonuses and close to $11K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $69K and $176K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$68,679 - $156,223
MEDIAN: $112,756

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National Salary Data (?
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$68,679 - $156,223  
$2,000 - $34,157  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $10,644  
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).
$68,897 - $175,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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 Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 who know Organizational Development also know Change Management and Strategic Planning. Most people experienced in Training Program Development also know Strategic Planning and Change Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Organizational Development Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $104K. Organizational Development Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $125K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $141K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Organizational Development Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Organizational Development Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Organizational Development Directors in Milwaukee take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 38 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (11 percent lower) and Los Angeles (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Organizational Development
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Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

Project Management

National Average

Training Program Development
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 11%