Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States can expect to earn an average of $61K annually. Cash earnings for Instructional Designers of Training & Development — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $84K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Instructional Designers of Training & Development. Women make up the majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,077 - $80,593
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$42K
$61K
$81K
MEDIAN: $60,565
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$17.88 - $56.17
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,077 - $80,593  
   
Bonus
$789 - $10,256  
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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$41,826 - $83,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $56.17  
   
Overtime
$25.50 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$789 - $10,256  
   
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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$41,826 - $83,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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Many Instructional Designers of Training & Development move into a Senior Instructional Designer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $74K per year. It is not unusual for an Instructional Designer of Training & Development to become an Instructional Designer or a Training & Development Manager.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Instructional Designers of Training & Development seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Technical Writing, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Training.

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

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


Instructional Designers of Training & Development with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $55K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $64K. Instructional Designers of Training & Development bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,074

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

For Instructional Designers of Training & Development, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Instructional Designers of Training & Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Indianapolis (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (12 percent lower) and San Antonio (10 percent lower).

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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
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

Curriculum Planning
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Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Training Program Development
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Microsoft Office
0%

Training
0%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
0%

National Average
$61,000

Adobe Captivate
up arrow 1%

Articulate E-Learning Software
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Project Management
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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