The eLearning Guild has released the 2017 eLearning Salary & Compensation Report. Based on data collected from more than 2,600 global survey respondents, the average US base salary of $83,139 is up 3.46% compared to the US national average of $80,359 that we reported in 2016. The 2017 average annual salary for non-US respondents was $63,103.

Note that base salary does not include other types of compensation variables such as bonus, merit increase, continuing education reimbursement, or vacation.  

The report, complimentary with a free eLearning Guild membership, provides an extensive analysis of industry issues and other compensation variables that determine salary.  

Figure 1: US average base salary trends: January 2011 through January 2017

Figure 2: US average salary by state compared to the national average of $83,139 (see report for tables showing “other above-/below-average states”)

The 2017 eLearning Salary & Compensation Report details findings from the Guild’s salary survey. Since about 80 percent of this year’s respondents were from the US, the report primarily focuses on US data; it also includes a section with commentary on results from non-US respondents. Compensation findings are broken down by variables including US state and metropolitan area, gender, industry, size of company, number of people managed, years of eLearning experience, time in position, education level, and job focus area. Also included are the Guild’s US salary calculator (updated for 2017) and other resources to help you begin salary research and develop an action plan for successful future negotiations.

Specific findings include:

  • The average US base salary of $83,139 is up 3.46% compared to the US national average of $80,359 that we reported in 2016
  • The 2017 average annual salary for non-US respondents was $63,103
  • In the US, California reports the highest average salary (at $101,799), with Minnesota ($98,969), Washington state ($94,922), and Maryland ($94,102) all relatively close behind
  • As in 2016, the state of Missouri again reported the lowest US average, at $65,694
  • The US metropolitan areas with the highest average salaries are in California: San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland at $106,515, followed by Los Angeles/Long Beach at $101,946
  • The gender pay gap remains persistent but has narrowed slightly from last year
  • Education level has a substantial impact on average base salary, regardless of gender or geographic location

Included in the 2017 eLearning Salary & Compensation Report are practical suggestions for utilizing the data contained in the report, such as an action plan if your salary doesn’t measure up.

Online Salary Calculator

Use the US Salary Calculator to compute and compare baseline eLearning salaries. The calculator has been updated with data from the 2017 eLearning Salary & Compensation Report. You can find the calculator on The eLearning Guild’s Job Board.

About The eLearning Guild

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