Organizational Development Director Salary

Salaries for Organizational Development Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. In the world of Organizational Development Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $32K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $69K and $174K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Organizational Development Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Organizational Development Directors making up 72 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$68,766 - $153,472
MEDIAN: $110,983

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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.
$68,766 - $153,472  
$2,051 - $32,237  
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: 2 Jul 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

Survey results suggest that Organizational Development Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. For most people, competency in Organizational Development indicates knowledge of Change Management and Strategic Planning. The majority of those who know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $78K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $104K. Organizational Development Directors bring in $124K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Organizational Development Directors, 29 percent above the national average. Organizational Development Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Compared to the national average, Milwaukee Organizational Development Directors have considerably lower salaries, 37 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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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
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Training Program Development
up arrow 3%

Project Management
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 11%