The majority of Training Directors in the United States — approximately two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $47K to $146K per year, and the median is $84K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $29K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Training Directors can bottom out near $47K or peak near $146K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men make up a slight majority of Training Directors (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,946 - $131,704
(Median)
$49K
$84K
$130K
MEDIAN: $83,764
10%
50%
90%

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$11.15 - $40.27
(Median)
$11
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,946 - $131,704  
   
Bonus
$998 - $28,753  
Profit Sharing
$40.27 - $15,205  
Commission
$4,883  
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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$46,652 - $145,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $30.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$998 - $28,753  
   
Commission
$4,883  
Profit Sharing
$40.27 - $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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$46,652 - $145,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

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. The most common career progression for Training Directors leads to becoming a Training Development Director, where average pay is $92K annually. However, many Training Directors also opt to become Human Resources Directors. Typically, a Human Resources Director brings home $80K.

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Popular Skills for Training Director


Training Directors report using a diverse set of skills 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 69 percent, 26 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Curriculum Planning, Facilitator, and Training. Most people familiar with Training Management also know Training and Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Training Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. 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 $99K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,457

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

Home to some of the best pay for Training Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 89 percent above the national average. Training Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+37 percent), Houston (+36 percent), Minneapolis (+33 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Seattle and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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
$85,000



Skills That Affect Training Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 69%

Leadership
up arrow 26%



Project Management
up arrow 4%

Training Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$85,000

Training Program Development
up arrow 1%


Facilitator
up arrow 7%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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