Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

With nearly three in five 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 per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Instructional Designers bottoms out near $57K and approaches $106K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Instructional Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Female Senior Instructional Designers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,789 - $96,517
(Median)
$56K
$74K
$97K
MEDIAN: $73,671
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$30.00 - $67.83
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$30
$46
$68
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$55,789 - $96,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,008  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$57,236 - $105,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 786
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Hourly Rate
$30.00 - $67.83  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $115.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,008  
   
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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$57,236 - $105,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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


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Senior Instructional Designers who go on to become Training & Development Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Training & Development Manager, an upper-level role, pays $70K. Many Senior Instructional Designers advance into roles as Training Managers or Training & Development Project Managers, but the median salaries are $14K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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


Senior Instructional Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. Senior Instructional Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Instructional Designers, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Baltimore (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (7 percent lower).

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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
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Online Education
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Articulate - E-Learning Software
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Design
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Training
0%

National Average
$76,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 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: 82% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 14%
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