Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States take home an average $59K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Instructional Designers of Training & Development enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (61 percent) who took the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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 who move on to become Senior Instructional Designers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Instructional Designers get paid an average of $73K per year. Becoming an Instructional Designer or a Training & Development Manager is a common transition from an Instructional Designer of Training & Development role.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Survey results show that Instructional Designers of Training & Development use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Technical Writing, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. Instructional Designers of Training & Development with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. As Instructional Designers of Training & Development reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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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National Average
$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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