Instructional Designer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
$45,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Average Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an instructional designer make?
The national average salary for an Instructional Designer in the United States is $65,727 per year or $31.6 per hour. If you are in the top 10 percent, you will make over $95,000; however, if you are in the bottom 10 percent, you will earn less than $45,000 per year. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Instructional Designers are Professional companies and Technology companies. The best states for high paying Instructional Designer jobs are Nevada, California, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Most Instructional Designers spend 2.7 years in the position.

Average Instructional Designer Salary By Location

Instructional Designers in the United States of America make on average $65,727 a year or $31.6 per hour. Instructional Designers make the most in San Francisco, CA at about $92,237 per year. The average starting salary in San Francisco, CA for Instructional Designers is $51,000. Nevada, California, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are the highest paying states. Minnesota, Arizona, Indiana, Florida, and Wisconsin have the lowest reported salaries for Instructional Designers.

Map of Instructional Designer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Instructional Designers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Instructional Designer Salary By Company

Like every industry, there is a range of salaries an Instructional Designer makes. Professional companies and Technology companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. Companies like Google or Adobe will get you the highest pay packages. If you can find a job at a company like Facebook or Twitter, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Instructional Designers.
Company
Average Salary
$136,251
$136k
$119,909
$120k
$118,634
$119k
$114,924
$115k
$107,263
$107k
$105,083
$105k

Average Instructional Designer Pay By Industry

The type of industry that an Instructional Designer works in can influence their earning potential. Our analysis shows that Technology companies, Professional companies, and Non Profits companies pay higher-than-average wages for Instructional Designers. Technology companies pay Instructional Designers an average salary of $69,251, Professional companies pay $68,616, and Non Profits companys come in at $67,152. At $62,180, the average salary for Instructional Designers in the Education industry is lower than other industries.
Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$69,251
$69k
Professional
Professional
$68,616
$69k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$67,152
$67k
Finance
Finance
$66,047
$66k
Health Care
Health Care
$64,466
$64k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$64,227
$64k
Education
Education
$62,180
$62k

Instructional Designer Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Instructional Designer Salary By Experience Level

The salary for an Instructional Designer can range from $47,516 to $71,659 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Instructional Designer Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Instructional Designer
04/25/2020
$64,593
Instructional Designer
04/24/2020
$45,000
Instructional Designer-Storyline
04/22/2020
$48,001
Seattle Pacific University
Instructional Designer
04/22/2020
$55,000
Instructional Designer
04/14/2020
$62,610
Instructional Designer III
04/13/2020
$62,610
Instructor, Art & Graphic Design
04/08/2020
$61,691
Bellingham Technical College
Instructional Designer (Guided Pathways Focus)
04/08/2020
$73,954
Instructional Designer
04/08/2020
$62,610
University of Michigan
Intermediate Instructional Designer
03/28/2020
$55,000
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