Instructional Designer Salary

The average Instructional Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Instructional Designers spread between $42K and $90K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Instructional Designers is high. Women account for the majority of Instructional Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,975 - $81,600
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,878
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90%

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$19.08 - $60.50
(Median)
$19
$35
$60
MEDIAN: $34.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,975 - $81,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,335  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $8,734  
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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$41,743 - $89,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.08 - $60.50  
   
Overtime
$21.80 - $67.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,335  
   
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $8,734  
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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$41,743 - $89,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Instructional Designer


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Instructional Designers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Senior Instructional Designers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Senior Instructional Designer earn a slightly higher median of $73K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, where the median salary comes to $62K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($45K) and those starting out ($96K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Survey results imply that Instructional Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Articulate - E-Learning Software are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Captivate, and Web Design. It is often found that people who know Course Design are also skilled in Curriculum Planning 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. Instructional Designers bring in $72K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Instructional Designers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 3 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Orlando (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Training
up arrow 2%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Course Design
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Online Education
0%

Video Editing
0%

National Average
$61,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Elearning
up arrow 4%


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%

Adobe Captivate
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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