The average Software Trainer in the United States earns approximately $56K annually. In the world of Software Trainers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $37K and $85K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. There are more female Software Trainers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 61 percent. The majority of Software Trainers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,275 - $80,216
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,474
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$14.59 - $46.08
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$20
$46
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,275 - $80,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,289  
Profit Sharing
$231.73 - $7,762  
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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$37,120 - $85,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 463
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $46.08  
   
Overtime
$22.79 - $48.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,289  
   
Profit Sharing
$231.73 - $7,762  
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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$37,120 - $85,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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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Software Trainers who advance into the role of a Product Manager of Software are fairly uncommon. Product Managers of Software on average earn $92K per year. However, becoming a Training Manager or Instructional Designer & Trainer is a more frequent transition for Software Trainers.

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Popular Skills for Software Trainer


Survey takers working as Software Trainers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Training Program Development, Software Knowledge, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Customer Relationship Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Technical Writing also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Software Training Materials also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Trainer

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


For Software Trainers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $51K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $55K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Software Trainers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $65K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,444

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

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Software Trainers in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Software Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). In Madison, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Nashville and 7 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Software Trainer Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Software Trainer Salaries


Training Program Development
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Training
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Software Training Materials
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National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Project Management
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Technical Writing
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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