Average Instructional Designer Salary

$62,753
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,041
Bonus
$2,546
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The average salary for an Instructional Designer is $62,753.
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$47k
MEDIAN
$63k
90%
$85k
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What Do Instructional Designers Do?

Instructional Designer Tasks
  • Design, develop, and evaluate instructional materials.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine specific design focus.

Job Satisfaction for Instructional Designer

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The top respondents for the job title Instructional Designer are from the companies Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Amazon.com Inc and Pearson Education. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $97,400. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Amazon.com Inc and New York University (NYU), earning around $77,182 and $70,029, respectively. Carley Corporation pays the lowest at around $41,074. UnitedHealth Group and Pearson Education also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $58,963 and $61,965, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Instructional Designers?

Skills in Course Design, Articulate E-Learning Software, Training Program Development and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Online Education.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designers?

An entry-level Instructional Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $52,010 based on 113 salaries. An early career Instructional Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,785 based on 1,513 salaries. A mid-career Instructional Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,778 based on 1,091 salaries. An experienced Instructional Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,588 based on 699 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $74,997.
Employees with Instructional Designer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 16.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (13.3% more) and Seattle, Washington (13.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (11.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,632 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.1%
Early Career
41.7%
Mid Career
30.0%
Experienced
19.2%
Late Career
5.9%