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Instructional Designer Salary

Earnings for Instructional Designers in the United States come in at around $60K per year on average. 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. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Female Instructional Designers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The majority of Instructional Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$41,697 - $81,645
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,740
10%
50%
90%

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$19.16 - $60.89
(Median)
$19
$34
$61
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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,697 - $81,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,251  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $8,796  
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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$41,606 - $90,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,074
National Hourly Rate 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$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.16 - $60.89  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,251  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $8,796  
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).
)
$41,606 - $90,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 328

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Arizona State University (ASU) offers the most; Instructional Designers earn $62K on average there.

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Captivate, and Web Design. Those familiar with Course Design also tend to 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $64K. Instructional Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. Instructional Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instructional Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (3 percent less) and Philadelphia (1 percent less).

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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries



Curriculum Planning
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Course Design
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Training
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Design
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Technical Writing
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Online Education
0%

National Average
$61,000

Graphic Design
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Video Editing
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Elearning
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%

Adobe Captivate
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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