Learning and Development Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $58K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Learning and Development Specialists spread between $39K and $84K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the specific employer and location. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most Learning and Development Specialists survey respondents are women (77 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,210 - $82,868
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$41K
$58K
$83K
MEDIAN: $58,288
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$14.39 - $31.80
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$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,210 - $82,868  
   
Bonus
$253.42 - $10,148  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$38,815 - $84,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 506
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $31.80  
   
Overtime
$15.83 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$253.42 - $10,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$38,815 - $84,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Learning and Development Specialists sometimes become Training & Development Managers, where the average income is $71K per year.

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

Popular Skills for Learning and Development Specialist


Learning and Development Specialists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle Learning Management System, instructional design, Project Management, and Training Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 18 percent. Those proficient in Training are, more often than not, also skilled in Facilitator.

Pay by Experience Level for Learning and Development Specialist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Learning and Development Specialists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,802

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Learning and Development Specialists, 25 percent above the national average. Learning and Development Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+22 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent.

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Experience Affects Learning and Development Specialist Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Learning and Development Specialist Salaries

Oracle Learning Management System
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instructional design
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Training
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National Average
$57,000

Performance Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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