What Is the Average Salary of a Corporate Trainer?


A corporate trainer, sometimes referred to as an instructional designer, is a professional who designs training programs and instructs employees on a range of topics. These professionals work for organizations that require standard training and other types of development for their employees. The trainer seeks to ensure employees understand the organization's mission and values, They also strive to improve the productivity and efficiency of the workforce. Average salaries were reported by PayScale.com in January 2011 based on a survey of 556 people in this occupation.


Most employers require at least a bachelor's degree in instructional design, education, human resources or related discipline. Most corporate trainers are part of the human resources team and a master's degree in human resources with concentration in training and development may increase employment and career advancement opportunities. These professionals should possess strong motivational and communication skills.

Average Salary

The average salary ranges from $46,426 to $70,780 per year. Some employers offer other compensation such as bonuses and profit sharing. Average annual bonuses range from $1,049 to $5,042 and average profit sharing from $1,628 to $5,042 per year. Of those working full-time for an employer, 89 percent reported receiving health care benefits and paid time off.

Employer Types/Industries

Although some corporate trainers are full time employees of organizations, others are self-employed or work on a contractual basis. Those working as contractors earn average annual salaries from $50,028 to $71,010 and those self-employed earn average salaries from $36,973 $27,500 per year. Of those employed full-time reporting their wages to PayScale, most work in industries such as financial services, educational institutions, information technology, health care and insurance. The highest wages were reported in the information technology services industry, where corporate trainers earn average yearly salaries from $48,648 to $71,244. Educational institutions pay average salaries ranging from $45,033 to $65,487 per year, and the health care industry pays average salaries ranging from $46,423 to $67,574 per year.


Many corporate trainers make this occupation a long-term career and increase their salary as they gain experience. Those with less than 10 years of experience earn average salaries 11from $45,633 to $64,804 per year and those with over 20 years of experience earn average annual salaries from $55,946 to $85,062. Some of these professionals also advance their careers to become training and development managers earning average salaries from $52,881 to $87,792 per year.

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