Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Median pay for Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $59K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,639 - $77,504
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$42K
$59K
$78K
MEDIAN: $59,026
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$13.33 - $43.17
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$13
$27
$43
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,639 - $77,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,811  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$40,822 - $79,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $43.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,811  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$40,822 - $79,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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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Instructional Designers of Training & Development often transition into Senior Instructional Designer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Instructional Designers earn $73K per year. 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)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Technical Writing, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Instructional Designers of Training & Development with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $69K.

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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
$60,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Training Program Development
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Technical Writing
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Training
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$60,000

Microsoft Office
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Adobe Photoshop
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Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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