Instructional Design Manager Salary

Instructional Design Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $75K annually on average but can range from $53K to $107K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. The majority of Instructional Design Managers (60 percent) who took the survey are women. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,164 - $100,599

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$53,404 - $107,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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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Survey takers who work as Instructional Design Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Training Program Development, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Instructional Design Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $59K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $75K. For Instructional Design Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $87K. 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 $88K.

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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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Training Program Development

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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


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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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 7%