Vocational Training Instructor Salary

Vocational Training Instructors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Earnings generally vary between $25K and $63K per year. While some workers in this profession — close to one-third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Vocational Training Instructors making up 53 percent of survey respondents. For the most part, Vocational Training Instructors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,626 - $60,930
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,418
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$10.84 - $31.03
(Median)
$11
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,626 - $60,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $766  
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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$25,309 - $62,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $31.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $766  
   
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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$25,309 - $62,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Job Description for Vocational Training Instructor

A vocational training instructor teaches students how to perform certain jobs or trades. Examples include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), automotive trades, plumbing, cooking, hairdressing and certain healthcare jobs, among others. The vocational training instructor may be given material to teach from, or they may be responsible for developing the curriculum and lesson plans in a way that matches the goals of the course and institution. Vocational training instructors must teach lessons that are both informative and interesting to students, which includes hands-on demonstrations, visual aids and student evaluations. The instructor must stay up to date with developments in their field to incorporate into lessons. Additionally, they must keep accurate student records and grade students' work in a timely manner.

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Vocational Training Instructor Tasks

  • Recommend improvements in curriculum and updates to accommodate new technology.
  • Make lesson plans and determine best instructional methods for conveying subject matter.

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Pay by Experience Level for Vocational Training Instructor

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


Vocational Training Instructors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Vocational Training Instructors make a median salary of $41K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Vocational Training Instructor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $50K on average.

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Experience Affects Vocational Training Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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