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Instructional Designer Salary (United States)

Instructional Designers in the United States pull down an average of $59K per year. Overall cash earnings for Instructional Designers stretch from $41K on the lower end to $90K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Instructional Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Instructional Designers (61 percent) who took the survey are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Instructional Designer Salary (?
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$40,978 - $81,872
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MEDIAN: $59,364
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Instructional Designer Salary (?
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$18.72 - $60.42
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,978 - $81,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,037  
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $6,183  
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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$40,977 - $89,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,769
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$18.72 - $60.42  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $66.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $6,183  
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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$40,977 - $89,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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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Though not the norm, some Instructional Designers do take on roles like Senior Instructional Designers, where average pay is slightly higher — $72K annually.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Captivate. Those familiar with Course Design also tend to know Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Instructional Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Instructional Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. Instructional Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $79K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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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 Washington (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Philadelphia and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries

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$61,000

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%