Close to one-half of Instructional Design Consultants in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $307K per year, and the average comes out to $74K annually. Some workers in this field — close to a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Instructional Design Consultants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$45,277 - $91,393
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$45,277 - $91,393  
   
Bonus
$2,013 - $8,642  
Total Pay (?
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$48,066 - $306,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.00 - $160.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$2,013 - $8,642  
   
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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$48,066 - $306,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

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

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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $63K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $100K. For Instructional Design Consultants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $94K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $105K.

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Key Stats for Instructional Design Consultant

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
036
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Instructional Design Consultant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$90,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Skills That Affect Instructional Design Consultant Salaries

Course Design
up arrow 6%

National Average
$90,000

Training Program Development
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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