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. Overall cash earnings for Organizational Development Directors stretch from $69K on the lower end to $175K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $33K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Organizational Development Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$68,469 - $155,196
MEDIAN: $110,689

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National Salary Data (?
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$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. Those listing Human Resources as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Organizational Development also know Change Management and Strategic Planning. Most people 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.

For many Organizational Development Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $80K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $102K. On average, Organizational Development Directors make $123K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $140K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,957

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Organizational Development Directors, 31 percent above the national average. Organizational Development Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Denver and 5 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Organizational Development Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Organizational Development Director Salaries

Organizational Development
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Strategic Planning
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Project Management
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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%