Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Senior Instructional Designers in the United States earn an average of $77K per year; salaries are particularly strong in San Francisco, where workers earn around $110K. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+34 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$58,898 - $99,931
$59K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,066
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$34.37 - $72.62
$34
$47
$73
MEDIAN: $47.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,898 - $99,931  
   
Bonus
$1,900 - $13,245  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $13,611  
Total Pay (?
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$60,163 - $108,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 555
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.37 - $72.62  
   
Overtime
$68.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,900 - $13,245  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $13,611  
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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$60,163 - $108,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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

  • 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)


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Senior Instructional Designers tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Training Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A lot of Senior Instructional Designers advance their careers by becoming Training & Development Managers and Training Managers. However, those positions offer $9K less and $17K less per year on average.

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


Senior Instructional Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Training, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Captivate and Captivate. Those educated in Course Design tend to be well versed 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.


Senior Instructional Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $68K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $77K. For Senior Instructional Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,463

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Key Stats for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salaries

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$79,000

▼4%

▼14%

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


▲3%




▲1%

Course Design
▼0%

Online Education
▼0%

National Average
$79,000




Captivate
▼3%

Adobe Captivate
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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