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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary

Senior Instructional Designers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $73K per year on average but can range from $56K to $106K per year. In the world of Senior Instructional Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $56K and $106K. Geographic location and years of experience 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 receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision plans. The majority of Senior Instructional Designers (65 percent) who took the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$55,063 - $96,319
(Median)
$55K
$73K
$96K
MEDIAN: $73,343
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$28.88 - $71.88
(Median)
$29
$46
$72
MEDIAN: $45.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,063 - $96,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,952  
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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$56,384 - $105,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 773
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$28.88 - $71.88  
   
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 - $9,952  
   
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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$56,384 - $105,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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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Many Senior Instructional Designers move into a Training & Development Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Training & Development Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Instructional Designers. Senior Instructional Designers most frequently advance into Training Manager and Training & Development Project Manager roles even though 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. The majority of those who know Course Design also know Curriculum Planning and Project Management. People who know Training Program Development usually also know 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.


Senior Instructional Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $64K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $73K. For Senior Instructional Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. 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 $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Instructional Designers, 20 percent higher than the national average. Senior Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Tampa (+8 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Minneapolis (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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%

Articulate - E-Learning Software
up arrow 2%

Online Education
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$76,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 14%
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