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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Senior Instructional Designers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $57K to $106K per year, median earnings come to $73K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Instructional Designers approaches anywhere from $57K on the lower end to $106K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Instructional Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. 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 responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,190 - $96,036
(Median)
$55K
$73K
$96K
MEDIAN: $73,291
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$29.00 - $71.44
(Median)
$29
$47
$71
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,190 - $96,036  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,972  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $8,877  
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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$56,512 - $106,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 764
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.00 - $71.44  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $115.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $8,877  
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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$56,512 - $106,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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. A lot of Senior Instructional Designers advance their careers by becoming Training Managers and Training & Development Project Managers. However, those positions offer $14K less and $13K less per year on average.

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


Senior Instructional Designers report using a pretty varied skill set 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. For most people, competency in Course Design indicates knowledge of Curriculum Planning and Project Management. Those familiar with Training Program Development tend to be well versed in Project Management and Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Instructional Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Senior Instructional Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $79K. Senior Instructional Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $84K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Instructional Designers that is 20 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+19 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 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

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Course Design
up arrow 3%

Training Program Development
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 2%

Online Education
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$76,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 14%