Instructional Design Manager Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Instructional Design Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $54K to $110K per year, but median earnings come to around $77K per year. The majority of Instructional Design Managers (61 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Instructional Design Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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

When employees are trained for a job, many companies use computerized learning modules to provide a thorough understanding of their tasks and responsibilities. Instructional design managers are in charge of teams which create these virtual courses to help businesses train their employees all over the world.


Instructional Design Manager Tasks

  • 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. People Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Project Management and Training Program Development are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Design Manager

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $58K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $76K. On average, Instructional Design Managers make $91K following one to two decades on the job. Instructional Design Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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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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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%