Learning and Development Specialist Salary

Learning and Development Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $58K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Learning and Development Specialists spread between $39K and $86K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Most Learning and Development Specialists survey respondents are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction for Learning and Development Specialists is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,548 - $83,792
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$41K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $57,734
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$12.60 - $28.64
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$20
$29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,548 - $83,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,895  
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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$38,684 - $86,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $28.64  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $45.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,895  
   
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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$38,684 - $86,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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


Survey results show that Learning and Development Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with instructional design, Project Management, and Facilitator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those educated in Training tend to be well versed in Facilitator.

Pay by Experience Level for Learning and Development Specialist

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


For many Learning and Development Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. Learning and Development Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Learning and Development Specialists that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Learning and Development Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Houston and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 3 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
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Project Management
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Organizational Development
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Training
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 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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