Training Director Salary

Training Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $47K to $149K per year, median earnings come to $83K annually. In the world of Training Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $26K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $47K and $149K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Training Directors is high. Women make up a slight majority of Training Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,644 - $132,965
(Median)
$49K
$83K
$130K
MEDIAN: $82,873
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$9.69 - $50.37
(Median)
$9
$18
$50
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,644 - $132,965  
   
Bonus
$502 - $26,176  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $15,456  
Commission
$1,800 - $32,500  
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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$46,947 - $148,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 829
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $50.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$502 - $26,176  
   
Commission
$1,800 - $32,500  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $15,456  
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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$46,947 - $148,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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Job Description for Training Director

The training director is responsible for the employee training practices and procedures for a business. They have several initial tasks to perform at the beginning of a curriculum development cycle. First, the training director must establish what the training needs of the organization are; second, they establish the goals and direction for the training programs. To these ends, the training director starts by gathering data about the programs that are already in place. After the data about current programs is gathered, the training director works with subject matter experts to analyze the current programs for their strengths and weaknesses. The training director then writes a report on the conclusions of the analysis, providing opinion on what the goals of the training should be and recommendations on how to retain the strengths of the current program while overcoming weaknesses.

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Training Director Tasks

  • Research emerging industry trends, new technologies, concepts and techniques to update current training curriculum as appropriate.
  • Monitor training and development programs.
  • Develop, revise and execute training programs that are in line with the overall corporate strategic goals.

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Popular Skills for Training Director


Training Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Leadership, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 36 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training. Those proficient in Training Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Training and Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Training Director

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


For many Training Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. Training Directors bring in $95K after working for 10 to 20 years. Training Directors 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 $100K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Training Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 49 percent above the national average. Training Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (12 percent less) and Dallas (9 percent less).

Training Director Reviews

What is it like working as a Training Director?

Training Director in Rex:
Pros: Building relationships. Setting goals with individuals and coaching in the efforts of achieving them. Teaching and training for available positions. Evaluating and giving the proper resources in developing employees.
Cons: I feel like I do not get paid enough. I often get pulled into other responsibilities that are not within my job description. No benefits (health plans etc.) Hours. Stress level.

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Experience Affects Training Director Salaries



National Average
$86,000



Skills That Affect Training Director Salaries

People Management
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Leadership
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Training Program Development
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National Average
$86,000

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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%