Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

For Entry-Level Instructional Designers, annual average wages total $57K per year. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Instructional Designers varies from around $42K to approximately $78K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Instructional Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,227 - $74,225
$42K
$57K
$74K
MEDIAN: $56,539
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50%
90%

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$17.40 - $45.55
$17
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.41
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$0$77K
Salary $42,227 - $74,225
Bonus $972 - $9,953
Profit Sharing $405.47 - $5,051
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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$41,826 - $77,861
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,141
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $17.40 - $45.55
Overtime $18.12 - $60.82
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $972 - $9,953
Profit Sharing $405.47 - $5,051
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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$41,826 - $77,861
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 130

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,054

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

For Entry-Level Instructional Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), Boston (+18 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (9 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (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 Nashua:
"No advancement within the company, outside hires for advance."
Move to new opportunities of learning. Staying with the same company keeps your work stagnet and you become replaceable.

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
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
21%
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Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries



Video Editing
▲3%


▲2%


Design
▼0%

National Average
$57,000

Course Design
▼1%




Web Design
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼3%


Adobe Captivate
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 10%
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