Learning and Development Specialist Salary

Learning and Development Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $57K per year. In the world of Learning and Development Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $85K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $4K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Learning and Development Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Learning and Development Specialists survey respondents are women (73 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,319 - $83,092
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,298
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$13.18 - $29.10
(Median)
$13
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,319 - $83,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,873  
Profit Sharing
$295.17 - $4,404  
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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$38,347 - $84,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $29.10  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,873  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.17 - $4,404  
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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$38,347 - $84,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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.

Common Career Paths for Learning and Development Specialist


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Learning and Development Specialists often transition into Training & Development Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Training & Development Managers earn $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for Learning and Development Specialist


Learning and Development Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Curriculum Planning, instructional design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Training also know Facilitator.

Pay by Experience Level for Learning and Development Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Learning and Development Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. Learning and Development Specialists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $70K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,117

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

For Learning and Development Specialists, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Learning and Development Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Madison is the market with the smallest paychecks. Cleveland and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 7 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

Curriculum Planning
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instructional design
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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