$61,338
Avg. Salary
$32.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,100

Bonus

$2,539

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Instructional Designer is $32.92 per hour.

The average pay for an Instructional Designer is $61,338 per year.

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MEDIAN $61,338
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$0$88K
Salary $44,929 - $83,568
Bonus $962 - $9,786
Profit Sharing $824 - $8,054
Total Pay (?
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$44,462 - $88,901
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,665
Hourly Data $0$68
Hourly Rate $18.74 - $59.90
Overtime $24.31 - $68.04
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $962 - $9,786
Profit Sharing $824 - $8,054
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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$44,462 - $88,901
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 469

Job Description for Instructional Designer

An instructional designer is responsible for developing instructional material, such as customer training courses, that help support the company's technical products. For that purpose, an instructional designer is tasked with creating material that helps all types of users understand the product better. This means demonstrating efficiency through analysis of customers' needs and managing projects, in addition to developing courses that cater to all levels of the audience.

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

Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer

Common Career Paths for Instructional Designer


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For Instructional Designers, progressing to an Instructional Design Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Instructional Design Manager can earn $76K annually. As Instructional Designers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Instructional Designers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $74K per year. Another common career choice for Instructional Designers is to move into a Multimedia Instructional Designer role. Typically, Multimedia Instructional Designers get paid $55K.

Instructional Designer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Instructional Designer


Instructional Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Captivate, Training Program Development, Curriculum Planning, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Course Design also know Online Education and Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Instructional Designer

Pay by Experience for an Instructional Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Instructional Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 1,243 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instructional Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 774 salaries. An experienced Instructional Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 489 salaries. An Instructional Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 124 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,079

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

For Instructional Designers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Instructional Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (8 percent lower) and Denver (5 percent lower).

Instructional Designer Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Instructional Designer?

Instructional Designer in Austin:
"Instructional Designer advice."
Learn as much new technology as possible. The way we learn is always changing. Adult learners want interactive and engaging training and multimedia development is the way to go. Also, make sure you understand the needs of your learners.

Instructional Designer in Hutchinson:
"Dynamic Training and Development."
Pros: I enjoy working with and training people in how to use a learning management system. I also like that I get to learn about the new technologies when they are introduced. My job is continually evolving and changing. I never get bored with what I'm doing, because I get to change what I'm doing frequently.
Cons: High level of stress at certain times of year. We are responsible for supporting all online, hybrid and face to face courses. We support both the Instructors and students. Sometimes it seems we can't possibly get it all done. We have, at times, tried to hire additional personal, but it takes specific skills for this job that the average college graduate doesn't have.

Instructional Designer in Cherry Hill:
"Training Jobs are the First to Go."
When a recession comes about, training is always the first area to be cut. To prevent this from happening to you, I suggest finding an instructional design position that is tied to compliance training (such as you will find with an insurance company). Be sure to keep your skills up-to-date and to build a great e-learning portfolio. By and large, I find that people in this field are not terribly imaginative. If you are creative, and can translate your creativity into world-class training presentations, you'll have it made.

Instructional Designer in Denver:
"A very creative job--must stay up to date on research."
This job is for people who love to learn. I know a little about everything because I've worked with many faculty in different disciplines over the past 16 years. I keep my knowledge about instruction current, and teach a class here and there to apply what I know with my own students. This is a MUST. To climb the ladder, you must have teaching experience. This helps you gain credibility with your faculty, too.

Instructional Designer in Houston:
"Instructional Design."
Pros: Working with adult learners.
Cons: Technology that is not updated.

Instructional Designer in Nashua:
"No advancement within the company, outside hires for advance."
Move to new opportunities of learning. Staying with the same company keeps your work stagnet and you become replaceable.

Instructional Designer in Minneapolis:
"Complete An Internship And Certification."
If possible, complete an internship in ID but understand that each company's idea of instructional designer is different. Often an ID will also be expected to train via stand-up or web-based. Obtain a certification. Many jobs may add a certification as "desired." Especially obtaining a certification through ASTD is highly credible.

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Key Stats for Instructional Designer

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 626 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries

▲30%

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$62,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 626 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 13%