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Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

Entry-Level Instructional Designers pull down an average of $52K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Instructional Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $38K and $74K. The majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$37,794 - $70,823
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $52,278
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$15.68 - $43.81
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,794 - $70,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,230  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $9,696  
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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$37,615 - $73,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 951
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.68 - $43.81  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $45.84  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,230  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $9,696  
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).
)
$37,615 - $73,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Instructional Designers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 13 percent below the national average. Salt Lake City and Philadelphia 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 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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salaries

Course Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Training Program Development
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Online Education
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 5%

Graphic Design
up arrow 5%

Web Design
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%