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Instructional Design Manager Salary

With a little over a half of Instructional Design Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Instructional Design Managers is $74K annually and can range from $50K on the lower end to $107K per year near the higher end. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and most earn vision coverage. More than half of Instructional Design Managers (61 percent) survey participants are women. Job satisfaction for Instructional Design Managers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,985 - $100,907
MEDIAN: $73,667

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$49,985 - $100,907  
$0.00 - $15,674  
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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).
$50,464 - $106,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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Job Description for Instructional Design Manager

  • Design and implement web-based teaching platforms and learning opportunities.
  • Evaluate, maintain and update instructional materials for content and appearance.
  • Create and analyze evaluations to assess student progress.
  • Develop and deliver targeted curriculum and learning programs.
  • Manage mentorship, coaching and shadowing experiences.

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Instructional Design Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Training Program Development, Project Management, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing People Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Design Manager

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

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $74K. Instructional Design Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Instructional Design Managers report making only $85K on average.

Instructional Design Manager Reviews

What is it like working as an Instructional Design Manager?

Instructional Design Manager in Cedar Rapids:
"High Stress, Lots of Responsibility, Sometimes Fun."
Pros: I get to travel and see workshops that I've helped create. I get to implement my own management systems, which I enjoy.
Cons: I shoulder more responsibility than most of the higher-paid employees, as the creative contingency are undervalued in an environment where sales and marketing take precedence.

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Experience Affects Instructional Design Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Instructional Design Manager Salaries

Training Program Development
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Project Management
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National Average

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


61 %
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 7%