Entry-Level Instructional Designers take home approximately $56K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Instructional Designers varies from $41K to $77K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. The majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Entry-Level Instructional Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,572 - $73,352
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$42K
$56K
$73K
MEDIAN: $55,665
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$17.43 - $45.54
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$46
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,572 - $73,352  
   
Bonus
$1,002 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $10,067  
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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$41,373 - $76,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$17.43 - $45.54  
   
Overtime
$24.41 - $68.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,002 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $10,067  
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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$41,373 - $76,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,275

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Entry-Level Instructional Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Entry-Level Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Austin and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Instructional Designer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Instructional Designer in Austin:
"Instructional Designer advice."
Learn as much new technology as possible. The way we learn is always changing. Adult learners want interactive and engaging training and multimedia development is the way to go. Also, make sure you understand the needs of your learners.

Instructional Designer in Cherry Hill:
"Training Jobs are the First to Go."
When a recession comes about, training is always the first area to be cut. To prevent this from happening to you, I suggest finding an instructional design position that is tied to compliance training (such as you will find with an insurance company). Be sure to keep your skills up-to-date and to build a great e-learning portfolio. By and large, I find that people in this field are not terribly imaginative. If you are creative, and can translate your creativity into world-class training presentations, you'll have it made.

Instructional Designer in Denver:
"A very creative job--must stay up to date on research."
This job is for people who love to learn. I know a little about everything because I've worked with many faculty in different disciplines over the past 16 years. I keep my knowledge about instruction current, and teach a class here and there to apply what I know with my own students. This is a MUST. To climb the ladder, you must have teaching experience. This helps you gain credibility with your faculty, too.

Instructional Designer in Minneapolis:
"Complete An Internship And Certification."
If possible, complete an internship in ID but understand that each company's idea of instructional designer is different. Often an ID will also be expected to train via stand-up or web-based. Obtain a certification. Many jobs may add a certification as "desired." Especially obtaining a certification through ASTD is highly credible.

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Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries


Curriculum Planning
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Project Management
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Training
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Design
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Articulate E-Learning Software
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Video Editing
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Graphic Design
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Technical Writing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$56,000

Course Design
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Online Education
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Web Design
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Adobe Captivate
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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