Instructional Design Manager Salary

With just under three-fifths 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 $77K annually and can range from $54K on the lower end to $110K per year near the higher end. The majority of Instructional Design Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. Women account for the majority of Instructional Design Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,350 - $104,107
MEDIAN: $76,581

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$53,684 - $110,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, instructional design, Project Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing People Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Experience with Project Management is often linked with knowledge of Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Design Manager

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

For many Instructional Design Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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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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Skills That Affect Instructional Design Manager Salaries

Training Program Development
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Project Management
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 5%