With a median pay of $97K, Apple Computer, Inc Instructional Designers make much more than the national average ($61K per year) for those in this field. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Amazon.com Inc, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and UnitedHealth Group, where Instructional Designers typically earn around $73K, $63K, or $62K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $60,833
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$43,951 - $83,313  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $9,840  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $9,933  
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$43,899 - $88,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,006
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$0$23$46$69
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$19.52 - $58.26  
   
Overtime
$24.91 - $67.51  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000 - $9,840  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $9,933  
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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$43,899 - $88,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Instructional Design Manager. The latter position pays an average of $76K annually. 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


Instructional Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Captivate, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Course Design also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $56K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. Instructional Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,553

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Instructional Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (3 percent less) and Austin (2 percent less).

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
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 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




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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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