Training Director Salary

The majority of Training Directors in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $148K per year, and the median is $83K annually. In the world of Training Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $27K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $48K and $148K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Training Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$49,914 - $136,911
$50K
$83K
$140K
MEDIAN: $82,921
10%
50%
90%

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$10.67 - $30.64
$11
$16
$31
MEDIAN: $16.29
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90%

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$0$148K
Salary $49,914 - $136,911
Bonus $820 - $27,156
Profit Sharing $808 - $15,383
Commission $4,840
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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$48,214 - $148,470
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 725
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.67 - $30.64
Overtime $1.52 - $34.86
Annual Data $0$148K
Bonus $820 - $27,156
Commission $4,840
Profit Sharing $808 - $15,383
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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$48,214 - $148,470
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Training Director


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While not commonly seen, Training Directors who transition into a VP of Recruiting and Training position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Vice President (VP), Recruiting and Trainings is $112K per year. More often than not, a Training Development Director role is the next step for Training Directors moving up in the field. Training Development Directors usually make $92K per year. Many other Training Directors choose to take on a Human Resources Director role, where salaries are typically $80K.

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Popular Skills for Training Director


Training Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Leadership, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent, 27 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Curriculum Planning and Training. It is often found that people who know Training Management are also skilled in Training and Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Training Director

Pay by Experience for a Training Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Training Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 162 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Training Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 218 salaries. An experienced Training Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 365 salaries. A Training Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 157 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,193

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

For those looking to make money, Training Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 96 percent above the national average. Training Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+40 percent), Boston (+37 percent), Minneapolis (+33 percent), and New York (+22 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 5 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Seattle and Austin (4 percent lower).

Training Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Training Director?

Training Director in Austin:
"Great."
Pros: Working with people. Helping the community.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Training Director

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Training Director Salaries

▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$85,000

▼4%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Training Director Salaries

People Management
▲70%

Leadership
▲27%


▲8%



Training Management
▲1%

Training Program Development
▼0%

National Average
$85,000

▼4%

Curriculum Planning
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 10%
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