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Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Median pay for Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States is around $57K annually. Total cash compensation to Instructional Designers of Training & Development approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $81K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Instructional Designers of Training & Development report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Instructional Designers of Training & Development are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,751 - $77,122
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$77K
MEDIAN: $56,634
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$14.50 - $55.75
(Median)
$14
$27
$56
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
$39,751 - $77,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,509  
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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$39,072 - $80,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 491
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $55.75  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $87.26  
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 - $6,509  
   
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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$39,072 - $80,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Instructional Designers of Training & Development might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Instructional Designer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $73K per year. Instructional Designers of Training & Development typically move into roles as Instructional Designers or Training & Development Managers, and those positions pay $2K more and $12K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Survey results suggest that Instructional Designers of Training & Development use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, Training, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $53K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. For Instructional Designers of Training & Development, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $65K. 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 $68K.

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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
$58,000


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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Project Management
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National Average
$58,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%
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