Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

The average Instructional Designer of Training & Development in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $62K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Instructional Designers of Training & Development. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,446 - $82,726
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MEDIAN: $61,546
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National Salary Data (?
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$42,446 - $82,726  
   
Bonus
$650 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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$42,080 - $87,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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$18.36 - $55.22  
   
Overtime
$28.38 - $61.28  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$650 - $10,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$42,080 - $87,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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. Going from Instructional Designer of Training & Development to Instructional Designer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Instructional Designers is $61K. Many others choose to work as Training & Development Managers, where pay is typically $71K.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Instructional Designers of Training & Development report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Captivate, Curriculum Planning, Technical Writing, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe InDesign. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Training.

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

Pay by Experience for an Instructional Designer (Training & Development) has a positive trend. An entry-level Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 127 salaries. An experienced Instructional Designer (Training & Development) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 93 salaries. An Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,890

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, 29 percent above the national average. Instructional Designers of Training & Development will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+20 percent), Washington (+13 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Indianapolis (+12 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and San Antonio (14 percent lower and 11 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
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

▲37%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$62,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

Adobe Captivate
▲4%




National Average
$62,000



▼1%




Adobe InDesign
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 18%
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