Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

The median salary for Senior Instructional Designers in the United States is $77K annually, and compared to other cities, San Francisco offers the biggest paychecks at around $107K on average. Senior Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+22 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,168 - $100,482
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MEDIAN: $77,035
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$33.80 - $72.31
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,168 - $100,482  
   
Bonus
$1,900 - $12,750  
Profit Sharing
$18.25 - $13,611  
Total Pay (?
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$60,476 - $108,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 587
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$33.80 - $72.31  
   
Overtime
$68.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,900 - $12,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$18.25 - $13,611  
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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$60,476 - $108,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)


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Many Senior Instructional Designers move into Training & Development Manager roles. Training & Development Managers seem to make a little less than Senior Instructional Designers as their salaries average out to $71K a year. Senior Instructional Designers most often advance into Training Manager and Training & Development Project Manager positions even though the median salaries are $16K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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


Survey results imply that Senior Instructional Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Training, Training Program Development, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Captivate. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $68K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $76K on average. Senior Instructional Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Senior Instructional Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,404

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Key Stats for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

▲7%

▲7%

National Average
$79,000

▼4%

▼14%

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

▲4%


▲2%




Course Design
▼0%

Articulate E-Learning Software
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
▼0%

National Average
$79,000


Captivate
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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