Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Senior Instructional Designers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with roughly three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $74K per year on average but can range from $57K to $106K 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 $8K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and the larger part get vision plans, too. Women make up the majority of Senior Instructional Designers (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Senior Instructional Designers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$55,911 - $96,723

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$30.73 - $69.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,911 - $96,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,961  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,170  
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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$57,286 - $105,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 794
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.73 - $69.04  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $115.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,961  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,170  
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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$57,286 - $105,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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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For Senior Instructional Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Instructional Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Training & Development Manager. 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)


Senior Instructional Designers report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Instructional Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Instructional Designers make a median salary of $80K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Instructional Designers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Tampa (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Orlando and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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



National Average
$77,000



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

Training Program Development
up arrow 4%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Course Design
up arrow 3%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Online Education
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Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Training
0%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 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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