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Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

Entry-Level Instructional Designers can expect to earn an average of $53K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Instructional Designers stretch from $39K on the lower end to $74K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Most Entry-Level Instructional Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Entry-Level Instructional Designers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,814 - $71,142
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$71K
MEDIAN: $53,178
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$16.22 - $44.09
(Median)
$16
$25
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,814 - $71,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,627  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $9,899  
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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$38,747 - $74,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.22 - $44.09  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $45.96  
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 - $6,627  
   
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $9,899  
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).
)
$38,747 - $74,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Instructional Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Denver and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less).

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

Project Management
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Adobe Captivate
up arrow 3%

Course Design
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 1%

Design
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Online Education
0%

Training Program Development
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$54,000

Graphic Design
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Technical Writing
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Web Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%
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