The eLearning Guild has released the 2013 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report. This comprehensive report is based on data obtained from more than 4,700 Guild members and shows worldwide eLearning salaries increased slightly by 1.7% this past year, with an average global salary of $77,682. In the US, salaries increased by 0.06% to $78,984. The averages shared in the report are given in US dollars so that comparisons can be easily made across geographies.
Most of the respondents providing survey input for this report are full-time employees; almost 41% describe their roles as “practitioners.” The report also shares up-to-date hourly salary averages for both part- and full-time employees and contractors. Unchanged from 2012 is the overall hourly rate at $36/hour.
Average salary by continent
Figure 1: Average global salary by continent and region
While the average salary within the eLearning industry varies quite dramatically around the world, with the range from $99,293 in Australia to $30,854 in India, pay is consistently higher for men than for women. Regardless of those differences, everyone is working hard, logging an average full-time workweek of 44.9 hours with an annual vacation allowance of 20.8 days.
The report goes far beyond gender and geography, exploring multiple variables and their influences on salary outcomes. In addition to gender and geographic differences, the report also includes global comparisons related to industry, company size, number of people managed, years of eLearning experience, years of education, and job focus. Specific highlights include:
- Industry: Perhaps not surprising to some, employees from the pharmaceutical/biotech industry report salaries 41% above the average, while government (state and local) and education (K-12) employees are 16.9% and 18.6%, respectively, below average.
- Company size: Employees at the largest companies (50,000+ employees) also report the largest salaries, at about 11.9% higher than average.
- Number of people managed: As one might also expect, those who manage more employees are paid higher salaries. On average, managers with more than 10 direct reports earn 26% more than average. What about those 41% of survey respondents working as individual contributors? They actually earn 4.2% below average.
- Years of eLearning experience: For those new to the industry, know that more experience brings a higher salary. Those with 10 to 14 years of eLearning experience report a salary that is 6.8% higher than average.
- Years of education: And those of you yearning for more formal education? It just might pay off. The average salary difference for those with a doctorate (18.8%) or master’s (1.4%) is higher than average. If this is of specific interest, take time to read the Guild’s report Degrees for eLearning Professionals: What’s Needed?
- Job focus: Lastly, those with executive management responsibilities are paid considerably more than other job roles at 62.4% above average.
The report also includes helpful resources including multiple scenario-based examples to help readers calculate a benchmark salary and additional references to other salary-related sites. If you’re negotiating salary in a new position, planning to ask for a raise, or are curious about how your compensation stacks up across the industry, take time now to read The eLearning Guild’s 2013 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report.
Online Salary Calculator
Using data from the 2013 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report, Learning Solutions Magazine has created the official online version of the Guild Research Salary Calculator. Use the calculator below to compute and compare baseline salaries for your own situation, then download the report to explore the data in greater detail.
About Guild Research
Guild Research delivers four specific types of research reports whose single goal is helping you make sense of the depth of our field. We work with great thinkers to analyze existing and new sources of knowledge and bring you concise reports that you can use to make important decisions, inform practice, and keep up-to-date. This is where you will find out about research in the field, new technologies, and what your peers are doing and thinking, in practical language. Learn more about Guild Research on The eLearning Guild website.