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Instructional Design Manager Salary

Instructional Design Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly more than half of Instructional Design Managers. Salaries average out to around $73K annually and spread from $50K to $106K per year. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision plans. The majority of Instructional Design Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Instructional Design Managers (62 percent) who took the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,056 - $101,006
MEDIAN: $72,642

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$49,056 - $101,006  
$0.00 - $15,315  
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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).
$49,598 - $106,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Instructional Design Managers who took the survey. Project Management and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.

Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $81K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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

Project Management
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National Average

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 6%