Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary (United States)

With around three-quarters of Entry-Level Instructional Designers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $52,832 per year. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $37,875 and peaks near $70,912, incorporates potential for more than $6,315 from bonuses and close to $9,863 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers (61 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Entry-Level Instructional Designers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary (?
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$37,875 - $70,912
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MEDIAN: $52,075
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Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary (?
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$15.54 - $43.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,875 - $70,912  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,315  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $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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$37,713 - $73,883  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 865
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.54 - $43.74  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $46.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,315  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $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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$37,713 - $73,883  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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For Entry-Level Instructional Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Instructional Designers earning around 16 percent, 15 percent, 14 percent, and 11 percent more than average. San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Salt Lake City and Philadelphia (-6 percent and -6 percent, 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
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Project Management
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Curriculum Planning
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Training Program Development
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Online Education
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National Average
$53,000
Training
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Design
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Graphic Design
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Technical Writing
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Web Design
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Gender

Female
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Male
39%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%
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