Your Trainer Salary – Is It Competitive?

by / Tuesday, 02 April 2013 / Published in Training Careers

How to Increase Your Trainer Salary

To increase any trainer salary number, we need to set a starting point and verify that the number is reasonable in the market. We need a benchmark for comparison. Determining a benchmark trainer salary is tricky because training salaries vary due to the position level, the industry, the location of your employment, and your credentials. To provide a good training salary benchmark we will address as many of these variables as possible in preparing the baseline numbers for 4 different training roles.

I’ll first separate trainer salary statistics into two groups: Training Managers and Trainers. Within each group, I’ll list average salaries across different roles to share an average range. Next, I’ll share some insider information about the premium earned by training professionals with credentials and the things you can do today to be on your way to earning more as a training professional.

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Average Training Director Salaries:

The median expected salary for a typical Director of Training in the United States is $125,987. This is a very basic market earnings number from a report prepared in a Certified Compensation Professionals analysis collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies. Training Directors oversee the strategic direction of a training group and combine training skills with business skills.

Source: HR Reported data as of April 2013.

Average Trainer Manager Salaries:

The median expected salary for a typical Training Manager in the United States is $88,358. This is a very basic market earnings number from a report prepared in a Certified Compensation Professionals analysis collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies. Training Mangers generally have experience as either a trainer or an instructional designer and they are familiar with the accepted training industry concepts, processes, and practices.

Source: HR Reported data as of April 2013.

Average Trainer Salaries:

Trainer Level 1

The median expected salary for a typical Training Specialist-1 salary in the United States is $46,596. This basic market pricing report was prepared using Certified Compensation Professionals analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies. The Training Specialist 1 generally has less than 3 years of experience and little to no formal training as a trainer.

Source: HR Reported data as of April 2013.

Trainer Level 4

The median expected salary for a typical Training Specialist-4 in the United States is $83,821. This basic market pricing report was prepared using Certified Compensation Professionals analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies. The Training Specialist 4 usual have a combination of both experience and is familiar with the training field’s concepts, processes, and practices.

Source: HR Reported data as of April 2013.

The Secret They Don’t Tell You About Earning More

A key element that each of the above training roles share in common is that to get to the next level, or to increase their existing training salary, people need to have some training industry “training” themselves. To get to the highest levels in the profession, there are a number of factors, but a common consideration is that Training Directors understand training and they have a keen sense for business and how skills and performance strategically impact an organization. Trainers Level 4 have experience and they know the training industry concepts, processes, and practices. We feel the fastest way to increase your trainer salary is to validate your professional value through a third party organization completing an instructional program tailored for your career and then gaining a professional certification demonstrating your mastery. In recent studies, professionals that had a professional certification in their career field earned on average $13,897 more than their contemporaries that had none.

That’s a pay increase that keeps giving year after year. Imagine if you had a $13,897 pay raise in your current role. Over the next 10 years that value is well over $100,000 more in earnings just because you invested in yourself as a professional and earned industry credentials. That’s not at all factoring in performance increases, cost of living increases, and promotional increases (that are possibly opened up as a result of pursuing professional development and third party professional certification).

Best of all, many employers will pay for the cost of enrolling in a professional certification program, so not only can you “rocket propel” your training career, you can do it with no to little cost if you have an employer that will cover the cost for you.

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Are you tired of not getting enough opportunities and money out of your training career? Nothing will change unless you take action towards becoming a world-class training professional with industry leading credentials.

Earning your MTI|PCT® Certification by completing the Professional Certified Trainer Program is the action to take if you want to bring the most modern training and business practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. Learn how to earn your MTI|PCT® Certification (and perhaps get an full size iPad FREE) at:

http:www.trainercertificationonline.com

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One Response to “Your Trainer Salary – Is It Competitive?”

  1. Barb Anderson says :

    Thanks so much for this information! I’m a training manager and I’m looking forwarded to earning one of your certifications or diplomas online.

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