Instructional Design Manager Salary

The majority of Instructional Design Managers in the United States — just below three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $52K to $107K per year, and the median is $74K per year. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. For the most part, Instructional Design Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Instructional Design Managers (61 percent) who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,910 - $100,599
MEDIAN: $74,302

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$52,126 - $107,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Instructional Design Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Project Management, Training Program Development, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.

Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $58K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $75K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Instructional Design Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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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

Project Management

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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 7%