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Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Median pay for Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States is around $56K annually. Total incomes of Instructional Designers of Training & Development incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $81K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Instructional Designers of Training & Development report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (64 percent) who took the survey are female. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,689 - $76,652
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $56,004
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$14.50 - $58.88
(Median)
$14
$27
$59
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,689 - $76,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,608  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $5,918  
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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$39,055 - $80,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $58.88  
   
Overtime
$7.46 - $85.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,608  
   
Profit Sharing
$981 - $5,918  
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).
)
$39,055 - $80,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


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Advancing into a Senior Instructional Designer role seems to be a popular career move for Instructional Designers of Training & Development, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $73K per year. Instructional Designers of Training & Development most often move into positions as Instructional Designers or Training & Development Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Survey results imply that Instructional Designers of Training & Development put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, Training, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Training.

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

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


For Instructional Designers of Training & Development, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Instructional Designers of Training & Development see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $68K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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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Experience Affects Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries


Training Program Development
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Training
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Technical Writing
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$57,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%