Instructional Designer Salary

Instructional Designers in the United States pull down an average of $60K annually. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Instructional Designers spread between $42K and $90K depending on individual performance. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Instructional Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Most Instructional Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,620 - $82,190
(Median)
$43K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,233
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$18.92 - $60.38
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,620 - $82,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,771  
Profit Sharing
$650 - $9,428  
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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$42,256 - $89,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,632
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$18.92 - $60.38  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $67.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,771  
   
Profit Sharing
$650 - $9,428  
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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$42,256 - $89,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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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Many Instructional Designers advance into a slightly higher-paying Senior Instructional Designer position. Average compensation for Senior Instructional Designers is $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Dominating the field, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Pearson Education, Amazon.com Inc, University of Minnesota, and Arizona State University (ASU) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Instructional Designers. With a median salary of $70K, Amazon.com Inc offers Instructional Designers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $55K and are capped at $86K.

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Adobe Captivate, Training Program Development, Project Management, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Instructional Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. For Instructional Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Instructional Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,450

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

For Instructional Designers, New York provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Austin and Phoenix.

Instructional Designer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Adobe Captivate
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Project Management
up arrow 4%

Curriculum Planning
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Course Design
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Training
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Technical Writing
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Design
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Video Editing
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National Average
$61,000

Online Education
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Graphic Design
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Elearning
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Web Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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