Earnings for Corporate Trainers in the United States come in at around $54K per year on average. Cash earnings of Corporate Trainers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $35K to almost $81K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up a slight majority of Corporate Trainers (58 percent) survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,931 - $77,338
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,095
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$12.93 - $38.84
(Median)
$13
$19
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,931 - $77,338  
   
Bonus
$390.37 - $10,060  
Profit Sharing
$1.57 - $9,787  
Commission
$5,000  
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).
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$35,138 - $81,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.93 - $38.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.74  
Overtime
$16.80 - $39.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$390.37 - $10,060  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$1.57 - $9,787  
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).
)
$35,138 - $81,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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Job Description for Corporate Trainer

A corporate trainer mentors, trains, and helps professionally develop other employees in their organization. A successful corporate trainer delivers training to groups and individuals in an engaging, informative manner and helps assess and document trainees' performance. Corporate trainers must be able to effectively use a variety of technology such as slide decks, projectors and technology-based assessment tools. A typical day for corporate trainers involves traveling to a location in which the training will take place (which may not be their office). Once on site, they set up the training room with any required materials, take attendance, and deliver the training. Following the training, clean-up and documentation of attendance and performance may be required.

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Corporate Trainer Tasks

  • Identify and evaluate external sources of training materials and courses.
  • Confer with supervisors and employees to identify training needs and shape curricula.
  • Track metrics regarding attendance, satisfaction, and use of trainings.
  • Develop, revise, and deliver training to employees via diverse channels like classrooms, the intranet and the web.
  • Organize rooms and materials for in-person trainings.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Trainer


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It's not very common for Corporate Trainers to move on to become Training Directors. Average pay for a Training Director is $81K annually. Corporate Trainers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Training Managers or Training & Development Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Trainer


Corporate Trainers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Articulate E-Learning Software, Sales Management, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Training. Most people skilled in Training are similarly competent in Facilitator and Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Trainer

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


Corporate Trainers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Corporate Trainers make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Corporate Trainers 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 $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,068

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Corporate Trainers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Corporate Trainers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (16 percent lower) and Atlanta (9 percent lower).

Corporate Trainer Reviews

What is it like working as a Corporate Trainer?

Corporate Trainer in Portland:
"The Unsung Heroes."
Pros: I like that I'm able to travel. I like that I truly help people and get to interact with a wide variety of people.
Cons: I don't like that I am underpaid.

Corporate Trainer in Austin:
"Personally challenging and rewarding."
Pros: A great deal of autonomy and trust is given. I am able to learn new skills and techniques and implement quickly for maximum results. I attribute the company environment equally to my role itself regarding my high satisfaction level.
Cons: Lack of resource for my own skill development as a professional.

Corporate Trainer in Omaha:
"Being the Go Between."
Pros: I enjoy working in a position that allows me to work closely with front line employees and management.
Cons: The position is unique in the sense that front line employees often provide direct, yet honest feedback. While I enjoy that employees trust me, it can be difficult to decipher which feedback is needed for development and culture building and which feedback is simply an employee venting.

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Experience Affects Corporate Trainer Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Trainer Salaries

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 11%

Articulate E-Learning Software
up arrow 9%

Facilitator
up arrow 2%

Presentation
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Training Program Development
up arrow 1%

Software Training Materials
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
0%

Training Management
0%

Presentations
0%

National Average
$53,000

Project Management
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Training
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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