Instructional Designer Salary

The average Instructional Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K per year. In the world of Instructional Designers, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $90K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by 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. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,992 - $81,412
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,859
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$19.12 - $59.86
(Median)
$19
$35
$60
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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,992 - $81,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,297  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $8,734  
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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$41,772 - $89,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.12 - $59.86  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $67.77  
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 - $7,297  
   
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $8,734  
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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$41,772 - $89,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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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Although some Instructional Designers become Senior Instructional Designer, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, where the median salary comes to $62K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($45K) and those starting out ($96K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Captivate, and Web Design. Most people who know Course Design also 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 many Instructional Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Instructional Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $78K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Instructional Designers that is 19 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Orlando and 2 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Training Program Development
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Project Management
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Curriculum Planning
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Design
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Course Design
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Training
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Technical Writing
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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
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 337 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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