Learning and Development Specialist Salary

Learning and Development Specialists in the United States take home approximately $59K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Learning and Development Specialists bottoms out near $39K and approaches $85K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Learning and Development Specialists making up 77 percent. The majority of Learning and Development Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,259 - $83,759
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MEDIAN: $58,990
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$14.78 - $31.04
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MEDIAN: $19.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,259 - $83,759  
   
Bonus
$308.13 - $10,132  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,599  
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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$38,755 - $85,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $31.04  
   
Overtime
$21.74 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$308.13 - $10,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,599  
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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$38,755 - $85,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97

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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

  • Assess, plan, develop, and deliver training and learning initiatives.
  • Evaluate and select learning software and training initiatives.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Learning and Development Specialist


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Many Learning and Development Specialists move into a Training & Development Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $71K per year. Becoming an Instructional Designer is, more often than not, the most common role that Learning and Development Specialists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $61K. Another frequent advance is for Learning and Development Specialists to assume a Training & Development Specialist role; in this role, workers often earn $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Learning and Development Specialist


Amazon.com Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $57K.

Popular Skills for Learning and Development Specialist


Survey takers working as Learning and Development Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Oracle Learning Management System, instructional design, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 16 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Training also know Facilitator.

Pay by Experience Level for Learning and Development Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Learning and Development Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Learning and Development Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 369 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Learning and Development Specialist 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 221 salaries. An experienced Learning and Development Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 135 salaries. A Learning and Development Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,368

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Learning and Development Specialists, 32 percent above the national average. Learning and Development Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (11 percent lower) and Columbus (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Learning and Development Specialist

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Learning and Development Specialist Salaries

▲27%

▲12%

▲7%

National Average
$57,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Learning and Development Specialist Salaries


Oracle Learning Management System
▲16%

instructional design
▲15%


Training Management
▲10%





Course Design
▲2%

▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$57,000

Performance Management
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 10%
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