Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary
Median pay for Senior Instructional Designers in the United States is around $77K annually, but employers in San Francisco offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $106K. Senior Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
As their first task in the development process, the senior instructional designer will gather information about the intended group of learners. After the data has been gathered, the instructional designer then helps design a program structure based on the overarching needs of the learning population. Next, the design is broken down into pieces, and those pieces will be delegated to individual instructional design specialists. The senior instructional designer monitors the team's progress, and after the design portions are completed, the senior instructional designer integrates the parts together and begins implementing the program. During the implementation phase, the program is evaluated and adjusted as necessary.
Most senior instructional designers have a bachelor's degree in teaching, psychology, or another relevant field. They often work in general office environments and may be required to travel when meeting with clients.
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)
Senior Instructional Designers often transition into a Training & Development Manager position. Training & Development Managers report a slightly lower median income of $71K. Senior Instructional Designers most often move into Training Manager or Training & Development Project Manager roles. However, the former pays $16K less on average, and the latter pays $15K less.
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Senior Instructional Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, Design, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Course Design also know Training Program Development 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $75K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Instructional Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $84K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $85K.
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