Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

With just below two-thirds of Senior Instructional Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Instructional Designers is $75K annually and can range from $58K on the lower end to $107K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Senior Instructional Designers varies from around $58K to approximately $107K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision plans. The majority of Senior Instructional Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Senior Instructional Designers (66 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$57,148 - $97,704
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$57K
$75K
$98K
MEDIAN: $75,162
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$33.05 - $73.52
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,148 - $97,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$731 - $7,233  
Total Pay (?
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$58,298 - $106,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 874
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Hourly Rate
$33.05 - $73.52  
   
Overtime
$30.41 - $116.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$731 - $7,233  
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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$58,298 - $106,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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. Senior Instructional Designers most often advance into Training Manager and Training & Development Project Manager positions even though the median salaries are $15K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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


Senior Instructional Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Curriculum Planning, Design, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


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 $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Instructional Designers make a median salary of $81K. 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: $77,803

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Instructional Designers, 22 percent higher than the national average. Senior Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (11 percent lower) and Minneapolis (9 percent lower).

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



National Average
$78,000



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

Technical Writing
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Curriculum Planning
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Design
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Course Design
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Training Program Development
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Online Education
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National Average
$78,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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