Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Median pay for Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $62K per year. Total cash compensation for Instructional Designers of Training & Development runs from $43K to $89K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Instructional Designers of Training & Development, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,656 - $85,062
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $62,468
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$16.50 - $55.04
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$0$90K
Salary $44,656 - $85,062
Bonus $500 - $10,000
Profit Sharing $912 - $7,891
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$43,258 - $90,483
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 297
Hourly Data $0$484
Hourly Rate $16.50 - $55.04
Overtime $25.50 - $484.79
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $500 - $10,000
Profit Sharing $912 - $7,891
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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$43,258 - $90,483
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 59

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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

  • Create instructional material for customer training courses to support company technical products.
  • Update and improve existing training solutions.
  • Analyze customer product knowledge and identify training needs.

Common Career Paths for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


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Instructional Designers of Training & Development often transition into upper-level roles like Senior Instructional Designer, for which the average compensation is $74K per year. The most common career progression for Instructional Designers of Training & Development leads to becoming an Instructional Designer, where pay is typically $61K. However, many Instructional Designers of Training & Development also opt to become Training & Development Managers, a position that pays $71K on average.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Survey results imply that Instructional Designers of Training & Development deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Adobe Captivate, Curriculum Planning, Technical Writing, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe InDesign. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Training.

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

Pay by Experience for an Instructional Designer (Training & Development) has a positive trend. An entry-level Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 127 salaries. An experienced Instructional Designer (Training & Development) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 93 salaries. An Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,848

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

For Instructional Designers of Training & Development, Denver provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Instructional Designers of Training & Development will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), Washington (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Indianapolis (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Instructional Designer (Training & Development)?

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) in St. Louis:
Pros: There are people here that are passionate about helping others meet their meet their potential.
Cons: I would like to physically be with my coworkers at least once a year or biannually.

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) in Denver:
"Creative flexibility with a purpose."
Pros: It's never boring.
Cons: It's never finished. All development is subject to changes in the operations.

Instructional Designer (Training & Development) in Salem:
"Corporate collaboration and group comradery."
Pros: Excellent team work, and projects surround the type of training provided for adult learning. Working timeframes/schedules to complete the project easy to reach. Great growth and development potential(levels of advancement within leadership roles). (Supervisor and staff) Questions easy to ask, and feedback easy to obtain.
Cons: Slow periods at times to receive approval of next project. Targeting the topic of the thesis of the project. Several group opinions, mean more than one type of project or sub-projects.

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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Key Stats for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

▲35%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$63,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

Adobe Captivate
▲3%



National Average
$63,000





▼3%



Adobe InDesign
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 17%
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