Instructional Designer Salary

Instructional Designers usually earn approximately $61K per year in the United States, but Apple Computer, Inc offers a significantly higher median of $101K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Amazon.com Inc, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Pearson Education, where Instructional Designers typically earn around $72K, $64K, or $63K, respectively. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,075 - $83,420
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MEDIAN: $60,864
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$19.51 - $56.62
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MEDIAN: $33.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,075 - $83,420  
   
Bonus
$997 - $9,813  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $9,967  
Total Pay (?
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$44,012 - $88,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,902
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$19.51 - $56.62  
   
Overtime
$24.77 - $69.83  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $9,813  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $9,967  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$44,012 - $88,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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Job Description for Instructional Designer

An instructional designer is responsible for developing instructional material, such as customer training courses, that help support the company's technical products. For that purpose, an instructional designer is tasked with creating material that helps all types of users understand the product better. This means demonstrating efficiency through analysis of customers' needs and managing projects, in addition to developing courses that cater to all levels of the audience.

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Instructional Designer Tasks

  • Design, develop, and evaluate instructional materials.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine specific design focus.

Common Career Paths for Instructional Designer


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At the upper end, Instructional Designers who move into an Instructional Design Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Instructional Design Managers is a much higher $76K per year. The most common career progression for Instructional Designers leads to becoming a Senior Instructional Designer, where average pay is $74K annually. However, many Instructional Designers also opt to become Multimedia Instructional Designers. Typically, a Multimedia Instructional Designer brings home $55K.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Survey takers working as Instructional Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Captivate, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Course Design are similarly competent in Online Education and Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designer

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


For Instructional Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $66K. Instructional Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Instructional Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $81K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,573

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Home to some of the best pay for Instructional Designers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and New York (+14 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Philadelphia and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Instructional Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Instructional Designer?

Instructional Designer in Hutchinson:
`"$Dynamic Training and Development."`
Pros: I enjoy working with and training people in how to use a learning management system. I also like that I get to learn about the new technologies when they are introduced. My job is continually evolving and changing. I never get bored with what I'm doing, because I get to change what I'm doing frequently.
Cons: High level of stress at certain times of year. We are responsible for supporting all online, hybrid and face to face courses. We support both the Instructors and students. Sometimes it seems we can't possibly get it all done. We have, at times, tried to hire additional personal, but it takes specific skills for this job that the average college graduate doesn't have.

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Key Stats for Instructional Designer

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries

▲31%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$62,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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