With just under three-fifths of Instructional Design Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $55K to $107K per year and averages out to $76K annually. For the most part, Instructional Design Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Instructional Design Managers (65 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,371 - $102,448
MEDIAN: $75,645

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$54,371 - $102,448  
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$54,795 - $107,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Instructional Design Manager

Instructional design managers develop and oversee project designs and implement ideas for each project, as well as guide the organization in these areas. They must use technology and applications as well as planning and creativity to brainstorm ideas and develop them online or on paper, and they then bring other employees together to bring these ideas to reality.


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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Popular Skills for Instructional Design Manager

Survey takers who work as Instructional Design Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Training Program Development, instructional design, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. People Management and instructional design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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 Instructional Design Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $67K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $75K. On average, Instructional Design Managers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. Instructional Design Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $98K.

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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.


65 %
35 %

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: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%