Average Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States make around $61K annually. Total cash compensation to Instructional Designers of Training & Development approaches anywhere from $42K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (61 percent) who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,489 - $81,982
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MEDIAN: $61,111
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$17.97 - $55.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,489 - $81,982  
   
Bonus
$517 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,946  
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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$41,980 - $86,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.97 - $55.06  
   
Overtime
$28.12 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$517 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,946  
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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$41,980 - $86,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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Job Description for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Instructional designers of training and development are responsible for the creation and development of instructional material, such as working curricula for a companies, schools, and other organizations. These "designers" focus on the efficiency of the programs and lesson plans and are also tasked with the analysis of instructional methodology.

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Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Tasks

  • Create instructional material for customer training courses to support company technical products.
  • Update and improve existing training solutions.
  • Analyze customer product knowledge and identify training needs.

Common Career Paths for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


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Instructional Designers of Training & Development often end up in upper-level roles like Senior Instructional Designer. Senior Instructional Designers bring home $74K annually on average. An Instructional Designer of Training & Development often moves on to become an Instructional Designer or a Training & Development Manager.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Survey results imply that Instructional Designers of Training & Development deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Adobe Captivate, Technical Writing, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Instructional Designers of Training & Development. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $56K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $64K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instructional Designers of Training & Development make a median salary of $67K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,522

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

Home to some of the best pay for Instructional Designers of Training & Development, Denver offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Instructional Designers of Training & Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+17 percent), Indianapolis (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Chicago and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Instructional Designer (Training & Development)?

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) in Seattle:
"The Good And The Stress."
Pros: I have relative autonomy in my role but they are starting to take that away. I do have pretty new and up-to-date tools to work with.
Cons: There are 60 people that I am responsible for total training for. We also are a call center so I am continually asked why certain entire team trainings are not done but then told to cancel all of my scheduled trainings because we are too busy. Everyone is also continuously concerned about things that don't really help anyone, like getting to classes that don't apply to their job or throw a fit about not getting to go to a course that will not actually help them progress in their career. I am also the manager for new employees during their first three months and definitely do not get the pay or perks of the managers here and we essentially have a constant stream of new employees.

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Key Stats for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries


Adobe Captivate
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Training Program Development
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National Average
$62,000







Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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