Instructional Designer Salary

For Instructional Designers, Apple Computer, Inc hands out the highest paychecks — $101K on average — relative to the national average of $61K per year. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amazon.com Inc, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Pearson Education, top-paying firms where Instructional Designers rake in a comfortable $72K, $64K, or $63K, respectively. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,862 - $84,212
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $60,912
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$19.23 - $59.97
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$0$89K
Salary $44,862 - $84,212
Bonus $977 - $9,990
Profit Sharing $600 - $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$44,412 - $89,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,969
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $19.23 - $59.97
Overtime $24.85 - $67.47
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $977 - $9,990
Profit Sharing $600 - $5,000
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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$44,412 - $89,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 246

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.

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 Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer

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: $61,518

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 Reviews

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

Instructional Designer in Providence:
Pros: Autonomy, flexibility.
Cons: Lack of direction, politics.

Instructional Designer in Dallas:
Pros:
Cons: I'm not getting paid enough compared to the market. I feel very underpaid.

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

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Key Stats for Instructional Designer

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 331 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Instructional Designer Salaries

▲31%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$62,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%