Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

The average salary for Senior Instructional Designers in the United States is $78K annually, and pay runs especially high in San Francisco, where the average is $110K. Senior Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+32 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,902 - $100,533
$60K
$78K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,852
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50%
90%

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$33.41 - $81.39
$33
$49
$81
MEDIAN: $49.09
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$0$111K
Salary $59,902 - $100,533
Bonus $1,951 - $11,005
Profit Sharing $1,030 - $13,380
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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$61,090 - $111,274
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 545
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $33.41 - $81.39
Overtime $67.50
Annual Data $0$111K
Bonus $1,951 - $11,005
Profit Sharing $1,030 - $13,380
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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$61,090 - $111,274
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 64

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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

  • 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.
  • Organize and prepare course plans.
  • Assess and analyze training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultation with managers.

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


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Senior Instructional Designers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Training Director. Training Directors on average make about as much as Senior Instructional Designers do. Senior Instructional Designers most frequently become Training & Development Managers and Training Managers even though median compensation is $10K lower and $18K lower, respectively.

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


Senior Instructional Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Training, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Captivate and Captivate. Those familiar with Course Design also tend to know Training Program Development and Project Management.

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

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 251 salaries. An experienced Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 320 salaries. A Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 122 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,669

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$81,000

▼5%

▼15%

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


▲2%


▼0%

National Average
$81,000



Online Education
▼1%

Course Design
▼2%




Captivate
▼5%

Adobe Captivate
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 12%
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