Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Senior Instructional Designers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Senior Instructional Designers. Salaries average out to around $75K per year and spread from $58K to $107K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Instructional Designers approaches anywhere from $58K on the lower end to $107K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Women make up the majority of Senior Instructional Designers (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Senior Instructional Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and more than half collect vision insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$57,148 - $97,704
(Median)
$57K
$75K
$98K
MEDIAN: $75,162
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$33.05 - $73.52
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$33
$47
$74
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,148 - $97,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$731 - $7,233  
Total Pay (?
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$58,298 - $106,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 874
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$33.05 - $73.52  
   
Overtime
$30.41 - $116.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$731 - $7,233  
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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$58,298 - $106,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

A senior instructional designer for training and development is tasked with designing a learning process to pass on information to a class of students. Senior instructional designers often head a team of instructional designers trying to develop a program that makes teaching more efficient and effective. To adequately build a teaching-program structure, instructional designers must keep the needs of the learner in mind and have a well defined set of goals for the instructional program. To aid in design, senior instructional designers also must have an excellent understanding of pedagogical theories and be able to use those theories to inform the instructional design team's work.

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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Tasks

  • Organize and prepare course plans.
  • Assess and analyze training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultation with managers.
  • Assist in conducting general and specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.
  • Choose and evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, and handouts.

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Senior Instructional Designers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Training & Development Manager. Median pay for Training & Development Managers is $70K. Many Senior Instructional Designers go on to become Training Managers or Training & Development Project Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $15K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


Senior Instructional Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Curriculum Planning, Design, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Course Design are also skilled in Training Program Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

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


Senior Instructional Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Senior Instructional Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,803

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Instructional Designers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 14 percent below the national average. Orlando and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries



National Average
$78,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

Technical Writing
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Curriculum Planning
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Design
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Course Design
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Training Program Development
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Online Education
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National Average
$78,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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