The average Training & Development Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K annually. Overall cash earnings for Training & Development Specialists stretch from $36K on the lower end to $78K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Training & Development Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Women make up the majority of Training & Development Specialists (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire.

$38,720 - $77,626
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$78K
MEDIAN: $55,038
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$13.63 - $29.47
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$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,720 - $77,626  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,255  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$36,417 - $77,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 783
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.63 - $29.47  
   
Overtime
$24.09 - $44.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,255  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$36,417 - $77,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for Training & Development Specialist

A training and development specialist engages a diverse variety of people in learning situations, applying adult learning theory in developing multifaceted modern learning solutions (such as instructor-led training and online educational programs).

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Training & Development Specialist Tasks

  • Determine specific educational needs by interviewing or surveying a sample of people from target population.
  • Design, orchestrate and implement training programs for employees or clientele to help improve skills.

Common Career Paths for Training & Development Specialist


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Training & Development Specialists who transition into a Training Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $81K per year. A common career progression for a Training & Development Specialist is to become a Training & Development Manager or a Training Manager. Compared to Training & Development Specialists, the first group earns $17K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Training & Development Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Training Management, Project Management, Articulate E-Learning Software, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Training are, more often than not, also skilled in Facilitator and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Training & Development Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $57K. For Training & Development Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Training & Development Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,704

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Training & Development Specialists in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Training & Development Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Compared to the national average, Columbus Training & Development Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Training & Development Specialist Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Training & Development Specialist Salaries



Organizational Development
up arrow 4%

Articulate E-Learning Software
up arrow 4%

Training Program Development
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Facilitator
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Curriculum Planning
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Public Speaking
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National Average
$54,000

Training
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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