Instructional Designer Salary

Instructional Designers in the United States take home an average $60K per year. In the world of Instructional Designers, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $90K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Instructional Designers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Instructional Designers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,553 - $81,763
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,721
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$18.99 - $60.67
(Median)
$19
$34
$61
MEDIAN: $34.00
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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
$41,553 - $81,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,182  
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $6,153  
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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$41,473 - $90,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,004
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$18.99 - $60.67  
   
Overtime
$20.99 - $67.62  
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 - $7,182  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $6,153  
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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$41,473 - $90,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323

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Job Description for Instructional Designer

An instructional designer uses his or her skills to develop learning tools and curricula for educational purposes. Usually these materials are Web-based, electronic, or in-person. An instructor trains and coaches associates in certain lessons and materials important to company performance.

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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 their careers by becoming Senior Instructional Designers, who report a slightly higher median income of $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers flock to Booz, Allen, and Hamilton for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $62K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 6 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.


Instructional Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $78K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instructional Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Phoenix and Philadelphia (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries



Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 3%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Course Design
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Training
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Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

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 340 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 13%