Entry-Level Instructional Designer Salary

Entry-Level Instructional Designers take home approximately $57K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Instructional Designers runs from $42K to $78K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Entry-Level Instructional Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Instructional Designers making up 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,738 - $74,294
$43K
$57K
$74K
MEDIAN: $56,685
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$17.73 - $46.62
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$0$77K
Salary $42,738 - $74,294
Bonus $927 - $9,718
Profit Sharing $412 - $4,848
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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$42,228 - $77,867
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,137
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $17.73 - $46.62
Overtime $21.25 - $63.50
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $927 - $9,718
Profit Sharing $412 - $4,848
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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$42,228 - $77,867
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 136

Instructional Designer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Instructional Designer


Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,095

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

Entry-Level Instructional Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Entry-Level Instructional Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Boston (+17 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Instructional Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Instructional Designer in Virginia Beach:
"Front end analysis."
Know your content as it is and be able to articulate through design what is will be.

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 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 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.

Key Stats for Instructional Designer

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
22%

Skills That Affect Instructional Designer Salaries



Video Editing
▲3%


▲2%


Design
▼0%

National Average
$57,000

Course Design
▼1%




Web Design
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼3%


Adobe Captivate
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 11%