Training Director Salary

A little under three-quarters of Training Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $149K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K annually. With some bonuses approaching $27K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Training Directors spread between $48K and $149K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Work is enjoyable for Training Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,120 - $134,025
(Median)
$49K
$85K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,025
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$11.46 - $50.74
(Median)
$11
$19
$51
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,120 - $134,025  
   
Bonus
$488.90 - $27,359  
Profit Sharing
$829 - $15,205  
Commission
$22,500  
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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$48,120 - $148,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 982
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $50.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$488.90 - $27,359  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$829 - $15,205  
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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$48,120 - $148,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.

Common Career Paths for Training Director


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For Training Directors, progressing to a VP of Recruiting and Training role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Recruiting and Training can earn $116K annually. With an annual salary of $91K, Training Development Director is the most common role for Training Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Human Resources Director role — which usually pays $79K — is also typical for Training Directors, though less common by comparison.

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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 Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 65 percent, 36 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Training Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $77K. Training Directors bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,280

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Training Directors, 56 percent above the national average. Training Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle. Workers in Atlanta and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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
$87,000



Skills That Affect Training Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 65%

Leadership
up arrow 36%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 14%

Facilitator
up arrow 9%




Training Program Development
up arrow 1%

National Average
$87,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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