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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

With close to three-fifths 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 $57K to $106K per year and averages out to $74K annually. In the world of Senior Instructional Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $57K and $106K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $9K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Senior Instructional Designers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Instructional Designers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$55,341 - $96,259
(Median)
$55K
$74K
$96K
MEDIAN: $73,511
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$29.48 - $70.00
(Median)
$29
$46
$70
MEDIAN: $45.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,341 - $96,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,940  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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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$56,726 - $105,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 777
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.48 - $70.00  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $115.62  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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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$56,726 - $105,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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.

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Senior Instructional Designers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Training & Development Manager. Median pay for Training & Development Managers is $70K. Many Senior Instructional Designers go on to become Training Managers or Training & Development Project Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $14K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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


Survey results suggest that Senior Instructional Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 4 percent. A tool kit that includes Training Program Development also typically contains Project Management and Curriculum Planning. Those proficient in Course Design are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


For Senior Instructional Designers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $64K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Instructional Designers bring in $79K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Instructional Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Instructional Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Tampa (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Minneapolis (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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



National Average
$76,000



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

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Course Design
up arrow 3%

Training Program Development
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Online Education
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Training
0%

National Average
$76,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 13%
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