Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

Entry-Level Instructional Designers take home an average $53K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Instructional Designers bottoms out near $39K and approaches $74K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. The majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Entry-Level Instructional Designers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,079 - $71,136
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$71K
MEDIAN: $53,210
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$16.30 - $44.27
(Median)
$16
$25
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,079 - $71,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,532  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $9,863  
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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$38,959 - $74,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.30 - $44.27  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,532  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $9,863  
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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$38,959 - $74,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Instructional Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Denver (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Instructional Designer Advice

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

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 Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salaries

Curriculum Planning
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Project Management
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Adobe Captivate
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Course Design
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Training Program Development
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Design
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Online Education
0%

Training
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National Average
$54,000

Technical Writing
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Graphic Design
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Web Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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