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

Seasoned employees—those with more than 10 years of experience in the field—make up the largest chunk of Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s in the United States, about two-thirds. There is a range in pay— $54,822 to $103,903 per year—with average salary amounting to $74,771 per year. Cash earnings—including $9,984 in bonuses and $8,877 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $52,991 to $94,108 depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a majority get vision benefits. Women make up the majority of Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s (66 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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$54,822 - $103,903  
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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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Compensation does not increase for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s who advance in their career. Oftentimes, upper-end positions like Training & Development Manager earn similar amounts to lower-end positions. 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 wide range of professional skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Training Program Development are also skilled in Project Management and Curriculum Planning. Those educated in Course Design tend to be well-versed in Curriculum Planning 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Though starting salaries approximate $64K, they climb to $77K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s tend to earn $84K at this point in time. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Boston
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San Diego
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$75,000
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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s, 22 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle, where Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)s annually earn 20 percent, 9 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent more than the national average. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Orlando and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -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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$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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