Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

Entry-Level Instructional Designers pull down an average of $54K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Instructional Designers spread between $39K and $75K depending on individual performance. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Entry-Level Instructional Designers (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Instructional Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,635 - $71,960
(Median)
$40K
$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $53,792
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$16.31 - $44.35
(Median)
$16
$25
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,635 - $71,960  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,048  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $9,826  
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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$39,389 - $75,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.31 - $44.35  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $9,826  
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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$39,389 - $75,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,300

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Instructional Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (4 percent lower) and Houston (3 percent lower).

Instructional Designer Advice

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

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 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 Instructional Designer Salaries

Adobe Captivate
up arrow 13%

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

National Average
$54,000

Online Education
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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