Instructional Designer Salary

Median pay for Instructional Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $60K per year. Cash earnings for Instructional Designers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $90K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. There are more female Instructional Designers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Instructional Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$42,049 - $81,540

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$19.21 - $60.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,049 - $81,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,322  
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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$41,844 - $89,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.21 - $60.20  
   
Overtime
$21.97 - $68.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,322  
   
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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$41,844 - $89,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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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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Although some Instructional Designers become Senior Instructional Designer, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Booz, Allen, and Hamilton does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $63K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $45K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $96K.

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Survey takers working as Instructional Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Project Management, Curriculum Planning, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Captivate, and Web Design. Most people familiar with Course Design also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. Instructional Designers bring in $72K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instructional Designers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Training Program Development
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Project Management
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Curriculum Planning
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Design
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Course Design
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Training
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Technical Writing
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Online Education
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National Average
$61,000

Graphic Design
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Video Editing
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Elearning
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Captivate
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 338 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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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