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Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (United States)

A typical Instructional Designer of Training & Development in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K annually. Total cash compensation to Instructional Designers of Training & Development approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $80K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (63 percent). Most Instructional Designers of Training & Development like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (?
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$39,275 - $74,885
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MEDIAN: $54,006
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Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (?
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$14.87 - $55.00
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,275 - $74,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,904  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $6,787  
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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$38,633 - $80,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $55.00  
   
Overtime
$15.02 - $81.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,904  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $6,787  
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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$38,633 - $80,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

  • 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 usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Senior Instructional Designer. The average pay for a Senior Instructional Designer is $72K annually. Instructional Designers of Training & Development most often move into positions as Instructional Designers or Training & Development Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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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, facility with Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Instructional Designers of Training & Development with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $63K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a fair portion land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

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
$55,000

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
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%