Instructional Designer Salary

For Instructional Designers, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Apple Computer, Inc, where the average employee brings in around $101K relative to the national average of $61K per year for those in this line of work. Amazon.com Inc, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Pearson Education also offer top salaries for Instructional Designers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $72K, $64K, and $63K, respectively. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,294 - $83,780
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MEDIAN: $60,985
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$19.24 - $59.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,294 - $83,780  
   
Bonus
$997 - $9,899  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $8,170  
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$44,150 - $88,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,004
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
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$19.24 - $59.04  
   
Overtime
$21.50 - $68.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $9,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $8,170  
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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$44,150 - $88,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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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For Instructional Designers, progressing to an Instructional Design Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Instructional Design Manager can earn $76K annually. With an annual salary of $74K, Senior Instructional Designer is the most common role for Instructional Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Multimedia Instructional Designer role — which usually pays $55K — is also typical for Instructional Designers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Captivate, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Course Design also know Online Education and Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designer

Pay by Experience for an Instructional Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Instructional Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 1,243 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instructional Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 774 salaries. An experienced Instructional Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 489 salaries. An Instructional Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 124 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,707

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Instructional Designers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 293 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 293 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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%
no benefits
None: 11%
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