Instructional Design Manager Salary

Instructional Design Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $75K per year on average but can range from $54K to $111K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Instructional Design Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,490 - $101,869

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$53,840 - $111,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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. Most notably, skills in instructional design, Project Management, Training Program Development, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. People Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Many workers who know Project Management also know 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $75K. Instructional Design Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $90K.

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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

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Project Management

Training Program Development

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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


62 %
38 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 8%