Training Director Salary

The majority of Training Directors in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $47K to $148K per year, and the median is $84K per year. In the world of Training Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $28K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $47K and $148K. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Training Directors (52 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$49,420 - $135,158
$49K
$84K
$140K
MEDIAN: $83,782
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90%

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$10.67 - $35.75
$11
$17
$36
MEDIAN: $16.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,420 - $135,158  
   
Bonus
$789 - $28,465  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $15,456  
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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$47,277 - $147,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.67 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$789 - $28,465  
   
Commission
$4,840  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $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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$47,277 - $147,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 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 Training Directors do not often become Vice President (VP), Recruiting and Trainings, the job pays $112K per year on average. Going from Training Director to Training Development Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $92K. Many others choose to work as Human Resources Directors, where pay is typically $80K.

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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 68 percent, 26 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Curriculum Planning and 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

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: $85,939

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

With a pay rate for Training Directors that is 95 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Training Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+39 percent), Boston (+36 percent), Minneapolis (+32 percent), and New York (+21 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. On the whole, employers pay 5 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Seattle and Austin.

Training Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Training Director

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Training Director Salaries

▲17%

▲9%

National Average
$86,000

▼4%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Training Director Salaries

People Management
▲68%

Leadership
▲26%


▲7%



Training Management
▼0%

National Average
$86,000

Training Program Development
▼1%

▼5%

Curriculum Planning
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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