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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (United States)

The majority of Senior Instructional Designers in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $55K to $104K per year and typically amount to $72K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Instructional Designers stretch from $55K on the lower end to $104K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Senior Instructional Designers (66 percent) are female. Work is enjoyable for Senior Instructional Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (?
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$52,991 - $94,108
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MEDIAN: $71,816
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Sr. Instructional Designer (Training & Development) Salary (?
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$29.40 - $72.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,991 - $94,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,984  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $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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$54,822 - $103,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 794
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$29.40 - $72.14  
   
Overtime
$34.77 - $98.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $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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$54,822 - $103,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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. Typically, 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 & Development Project Managers or Training Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $11K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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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 Articulate - E-Learning Software, Training Program Development, Course Design, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Training Program Development are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Curriculum Planning. Those proficient in Course Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Curriculum Planning 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $64K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $73K. For Senior Instructional Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $77K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $84K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Boston
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San Diego
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Denver
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National Average
$75,000
Salt Lake City
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Minneapolis
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Houston
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Orlando
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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Instructional Designers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle, where Senior Instructional Designers annually earn 20 percent, 9 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Employers in Orlando and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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

National Average
$75,000

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

Curriculum Planning
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$75,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 16%