Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

About three-fifths of Senior Instructional Designers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $57K to $106K per year, and the average comes out to $74K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Instructional Designers — including $10K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $57K to $106K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and the larger part earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Senior Instructional Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$55,743 - $96,577
(Median)
$56K
$74K
$97K
MEDIAN: $73,617
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$29.90 - $68.51
(Median)
$30
$46
$69
MEDIAN: $45.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,743 - $96,577  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,017  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,000  
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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$57,177 - $105,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 782
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.90 - $68.51  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $115.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,000  
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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$57,177 - $105,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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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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. Senior Instructional Designers most often move into positions as Training Managers or Training & Development Project Managers. Training Managers actually earn $14K less on average, however, and Training & Development Project Managers earn $13K less per year than Senior Instructional Designers do.

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


Survey results suggest that Senior Instructional Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Course Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. It is often found that people who know Course Design are also skilled in 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.


For many Senior Instructional Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $64K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $73K. Senior Instructional Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $80K. Senior Instructional Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Instructional Designers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Baltimore (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Workers in Orlando and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 7 percent less, 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

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Training Program Development
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Course Design
up arrow 2%

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 152 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
44%
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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