How we are funded

OECD is funded by its member countries. National contributions are based on a formula which takes account of the size of each member's economy. 

Countries may also make voluntary contributions to financially support outputs in the OECD programme of work.


How the budget is managed

The size of OECD's budget and its programme of work are determined on a two-year basis by member countries. The Organisation's planning, budgeting and management are all organised on a results-based system.

Independent external auditing of the Organisation’s accounts and financial management is performed by a Supreme Audit Institution of an OECD member country, appointed by the Council.

Unlike the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, OECD does not dispense grants or make loans.


Remuneration of Secretary-General and Deputy Secretaries-General

In 2020 the basic salary of the Secretary-General is EUR 232,626 per annum. The basic salary of the Deputy Secretaries-General is EUR 205,116 per annum. Basic salaries are subject to deductions in respect of contributions to the pension, medical and accident insurance schemes.


These officials, as other staff, may also be entitled to certain allowances such as household, child, dependent and expatriation allowance, eligibility for which depends on individual circumstances and in accordance with the Conditions of Employment of the Staff of the Organisation. See the Financial Statements of the OECD for additional information. Information on the salaries and benefits applicable to OECD staff is available through the link provided below.


Useful links

List of member countries

National contributions

Financial Statements of the OECD

Salaries and benefits