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Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States pull down an average of $54K per year. Final cash compensation to Instructional Designers of Training & Development varies from around $38K to approximately $81K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $7K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$39,198 - $75,694
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MEDIAN: $54,083
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$14.66 - $59.60
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,198 - $75,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,061  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $6,851  
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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$38,486 - $81,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 622
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $59.60  
   
Overtime
$14.72 - $83.63  
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 - $6,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$984 - $6,851  
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).
)
$38,486 - $81,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Instructional Designers of Training & Development. Many move into a Senior Instructional Designer role where pay averages at $72K per year. Instructional Designers or Training & Development Managers are common next-step roles for Instructional Designers of Training & Development moving up in their careers; annual pay for Instructional Designers is $4K higher on average, and it's $14K higher for Training & Development Managers.

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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, facility with Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Training.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. Instructional Designers of Training & Development who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $65K.

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Reviews

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
$56,000


Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Adobe Photoshop
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Project Management
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%