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Organizational Development Director Salary

Average pay for Organizational Development Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($110K). Cash earnings for Organizational Development Directors — including $32K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $68K to $172K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Most Organizational Development Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Organizational Development Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$67,610 - $152,103
MEDIAN: $109,856

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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.
$67,610 - $152,103  
$1,969 - $32,459  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $8,243  
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).
$67,923 - $172,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 330

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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

Organizational Development Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Human Resources, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Organizational Development also 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Organizational Development Directors. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $77K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $103K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $124K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Organizational Development Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Organizational Development Directors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 37 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.


71 %
29 %

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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 11%