The average Instructional Design Consultant in the United States earns approximately $74K per year. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$44,747 - $90,774  
   
Bonus
$2,027 - $8,581  
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$46,381 - $308,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$29.36 - $163.41  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$2,027 - $8,581  
   
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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$46,381 - $308,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Instructional Design Consultant

Instructional design consultants collaborate with programmers, clients, and teachers of all kinds to create an ideal learning experience for all parties involved. The are responsible for working with clients to both improve and incorporate a myriad of teaching processes, and they also design lesson plans and objectives, design and maintain educational websites and manuals, and serve as liaisons between different companies when creating e-learning courses. They may also recommend different training solutions to improve employees' performance at a company to improve it as a whole.

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Instructional Design Consultant Tasks

  • Work with clients to incorporate pedagogical practices and improve client retention.
  • Collaborate with programmers, instructors, and clients to create a learning experience.
  • Analyze organizational requirements and design lesson objectives and plans.
  • Design and maintain educational resources like websites and training manuals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Design Consultant

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $63K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $94K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instructional Design Consultants make a median salary of $91K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $108K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Instructional Design Consultant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Instructional Design Consultant Salaries

Course Design
up arrow 15%

National Average
$83,000

Training Program Development
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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