Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (United States)

Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and 62 percent have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $74,771 annually, but may range from $54,822 to $103,903 per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s (66 percent) are women. The majority of Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (?
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$52,991 - $94,108
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MEDIAN: $71,816
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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (?
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$29.40 - $72.14
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,991 - $94,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,984  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $8,877  
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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$54,822 - $103,903  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 794
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$29.40 - $72.14  
   
Overtime
$34.77 - $98.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $8,877  
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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$54,822 - $103,903  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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As Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s make advancements in their career path, salaries do not climb. It is not unusual for those in less important roles to make salaries that are similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Training & Development Manager. More commonly, Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s take pay cuts as they move into roles as Training & Development Project Managers or Training Managers, making $11,349 or $13,186 less per year, respectively.

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

Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, Course Design, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Course Design indicates knowledge of Curriculum Planning and Project Management. Most people experienced in Training Program Development also 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.
For Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. New salaries start at $64K and reach $77K in five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. As Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $84K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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San Francisco
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Boston
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San Diego
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Seattle
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Denver
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National Average
$75,000
Salt Lake City
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Minneapolis
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Houston
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Austin
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Orlando
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Columbus
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s, 22 percent above the national average. Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Boston (+9 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Austin (-12 percent and -9 percent, 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

Curriculum Planning
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Design
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Training
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Online Education
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National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 16%
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