Instructional Designer Salary

Instructional Designers in the United States take home an average $60K annually. Total cash compensation for Instructional Designers runs from $42K to $90K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Instructional Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Instructional Designers (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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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$60
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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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Instructional Designers, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Pearson Education, Amazon.com Inc, University of Minnesota, and Arizona State University (ASU) are leading firms in the industry. Employees at Amazon.com Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $70K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $55K and higher ones not far away at only $86K.

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop and Web Design. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. Instructional Designers bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,450

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Instructional Designers, 19 percent above 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 home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent. Workers in Austin and Phoenix earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 3 percent.

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
up arrow 1%

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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