Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

The average Entry-Level Instructional Designer can expect to rake in roughly $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 $6K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Instructional Designers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$39,097 - $71,195

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$16.51 - $44.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,097 - $71,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,468  
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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$39,021 - $74,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $44.65  
   
Overtime
$22.54 - $64.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,468  
   
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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$39,021 - $74,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 (+17 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Houston and 5 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
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Training
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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 174 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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