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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

With approximately three in five of Senior Instructional Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $55K to $104K per year and averages out to $72K per year. Total incomes of Senior Instructional Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $55K and $104K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Senior Instructional Designers (66 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Senior Instructional Designers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$53,226 - $93,868
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53K
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MEDIAN: $72,194
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$29.44 - $72.76
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MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,226 - $93,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,948  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $8,940  
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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$55,013 - $103,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 778
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$29.44 - $72.76  
   
Overtime
$34.77 - $98.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $8,940  
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).
)
$55,013 - $103,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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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For Senior Instructional Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Instructional Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Training & Development Manager. Senior Instructional Designers most frequently advance into Training & Development Project Manager and Training Manager roles even though the median salaries are $12K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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


Senior Instructional Designers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Curriculum Planning, Training Program Development, and Course Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. For most people, competency in Course Design indicates knowledge of Curriculum Planning and Project Management. Those who learned Training Program Development also tend to know Project Management and Curriculum Planning.

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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. On average, Senior Instructional Designers make $78K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Instructional Designers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Instructional Designers, 22 percent higher than the national average. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Tampa (+10 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Houston (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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



National Average
$75,000



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




Course Design
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Project Management
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Design
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Microsoft Office
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Online Education
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Training
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National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%