Average Instructional Designer Salary

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The average salary for an Instructional Designer is $61,926.
MEDIAN $61,926
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$46k - $84k
$916 - $10k
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$771 - $8k
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$45k - $90k

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Job Description for Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer Tasks
  • Design, develop, and evaluate instructional materials.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine specific design focus.
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 $75,944 and $69,399, respectively. Carley Corporation pays the lowest at around $40,677. UnitedHealth Group and Pearson Education also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $58,963 and $60,173, respectively.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Instructional Designer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designer

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 $51,200 based on 134 salaries. An early career Instructional Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,767 based on 1,700 salaries. A mid-career Instructional Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,600 based on 1,191 salaries. An experienced Instructional Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,694 based on 793 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $73,813.
Employees with Instructional Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 27.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (16.9% more) and Seattle, Washington (14.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (13.2% less).

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