Learning and Development Specialist Salary

Learning and Development Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K per year. Cash earnings for Learning and Development Specialists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $39K to approximately $86K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Learning and Development Specialists. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Learning and Development Specialists making up 71 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,488 - $83,220
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$40K
$58K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,532
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$12.03 - $28.77
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$12
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,488 - $83,220  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,902  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $4,497  
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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$38,927 - $85,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $28.77  
   
Overtime
$13.28 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,902  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $4,497  
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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$38,927 - $85,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Learning and Development Specialist

A learning and development specialist typically focuses on instructional design, building on learning and development materials and consulting with experts to support employee development. This position generally exists within a company interested in continuous employee growth and development. A learning and development specialist often works within a team that provides employees with learning opportunities and makes support solutions available to help meet business goals. They also focus on strengthening the knowledge and abilities of all employees, as well as potential partners. This person generally utilizes intentional learning to develop, design, and implement all learning solutions.

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Learning and Development Specialist Tasks

  • Create and adapt curriculum for a variety of audiences and learning delivery methods.
  • Collect data and analyze the impact of long-term and specific initiatives.
  • Assess, plan, develop, and deliver training and learning initiatives.
  • Evaluate and select learning software and training initiatives.

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Popular Skills for Learning and Development Specialist


Learning and Development Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with instructional design, Project Management, and Articulate - E-Learning Software are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Training indicates knowledge of Facilitator.

Pay by Experience Level for Learning and Development Specialist

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. On average, Learning and Development Specialists make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Learning and Development Specialists, 20 percent higher than the national average. Learning and Development Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Houston and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Learning and Development Specialist Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Learning and Development Specialist Salaries

instructional design
up arrow 28%

Project Management
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Organizational Development
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Oracle Learning Management System
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Training
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 11%
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