Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

For Entry-Level Instructional Designers, yearly average wages total $56K annually. Overall cash earnings of Entry-Level Instructional Designers stretch from $41K near the bottom to $77K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Instructional Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers (69 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,503 - $74,094
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$56K
$74K
MEDIAN: $55,839
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$17.83 - $45.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,503 - $74,094  
   
Bonus
$997 - $9,735  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $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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$41,361 - $77,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$17.83 - $45.94  
   
Overtime
$24.61 - $67.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $9,735  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $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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$41,361 - $77,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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With a median salary of $58K, Pearson Education provides Entry-Level Instructional Designers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $72K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,456

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Instructional Designers, 27 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (12 percent lower) and Orlando (7 percent lower).

Instructional Designer Advice

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

Instructional Designer in Virginia Beach:
"Front end analysis."
Know your content as it is and be able to articulate through design what is will be.

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.

Key Stats for Instructional Designer

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
21%
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Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries




▲3%

Video Editing
▲2%


▲1%

Course Design
▼0%

Technical Writing
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Web Design
▼0%

National Average
$56,000




Adobe Captivate
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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