Software Trainer Salary

Median pay for Software Trainers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K annually. In the world of Software Trainers, overall income ranges from $33K near the bottom to $82K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women account for the majority of Software Trainers who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,995 - $76,057
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,836
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50%
90%

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$12.37 - $48.59
(Median)
$12
$20
$49
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,995 - $76,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,834  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,891  
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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$32,506 - $81,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 756
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $48.59  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $53.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,834  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,891  
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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$32,506 - $81,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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Job Description for Software Trainer

A software trainer is responsible for conducting training and support for specific software. Software trainers are usually hired by developers or companies to promote their software to outside agencies. These trainers can also act as a client contact and must provide excellent customer service; they can also act as consultants to market software when required.

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Software Trainer Tasks

  • Identify training needs that is aligned to company's vision.
  • Develop training coursework including creation of technical classes.
  • Conduct educational programs in information technology and systems.
  • Observe and report employee progress and program effectiveness.

Common Career Paths for Software Trainer


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At the upper end, Software Trainers who move into an Information Technology Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Project Managers is a much higher $86K per year. When Software Trainers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Training Managers or Instructional Designers & Trainers. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Trainer


Software Trainers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Software Training Materials, and Electronic Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management, Customer Service, and Software Knowledge. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Software Training Materials.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Trainer

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


Software Trainers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Trainers, 62 percent higher than the national average. Software Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+33 percent), Denver (+25 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Software Trainer's salary, with Indianapolis Software Trainers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Nashville and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Trainer Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Software Trainer Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 8%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 4%

Software Training Materials
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$51,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%
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