Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Instructional Designers of Training & Development in the United States can expect wages of $57K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Instructional Designers of Training & Development spread between $40K and $81K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Instructional Designers of Training & Development (65 percent) who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,944 - $77,565
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,346
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$14.02 - $50.68
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$14
$26
$51
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,944 - $77,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,535  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $5,960  
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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$40,342 - $80,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $50.68  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $86.72  
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 - $6,535  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $5,960  
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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$40,342 - $80,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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 $73K per year. Career advancement for the typical Instructional Designer of Training & Development often leads to becoming an Instructional Designer or a Training & Development Manager; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Survey results suggest that Instructional Designers of Training & Development put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, Technical Writing, and Adobe Photoshop 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instructional Designers of Training & Development make a median salary of $65K. 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 $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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National Average
$58,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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