If you’re a corporate trainer, or interested in becoming one, it’s important you know exactly how much you can expect to make annually in your career.
Thanks to the internet, salary information has never been more transparent. Rather than just accepting the first offer that comes your way, use these data points to feel empowered when negotiating your salary with an employer.
Salary ranges for corporate trainers can vary greatly throughout the United States based on a number of factors such as industry, location, or company size.
Average corporate trainer salary in the US:
The average yearly salary for a corporate trainer is around $58,000 in the United States (based on almost 2,000 anonymous Glassdoor reviews). Typically, the range for corporate trainer salaries is from $39k-$86k.
While the average corporate trainer salary is $58k based on Glassdoor data, the median average salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is $60,870. The BLS additionally classifies corporate trainers as “Learning and Development Specialists.” Let’s dive deeper into the data and see where the differences exist for these salary ranges.
Corporate trainer salary levels
When compiling this data, two major data sources were considered: Glassdoor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The first is compiled of user-submitted salary data (roughly 2,000 submissions for this role) while the latter source contains data collected from the U.S. Department of Labor.
In addition to the differences in data collection, there are a number of other factors that can affect what salary you should expect as a corporate trainer.
Factors that affect salary
The major factors that can affect salary as a corporate trainer are city, industry, and company size. These data points should help you benchmark what your own salary in this industry should be but are not absolutes.
The data pulled on a per-city basis was determined through the top 15 metropolitan areas in the US via Glassdoor information. Generally, corporate trainers in larger cities are paid more than in smaller cities. The average salary for these top 15 cities is $60,968.
Out of these cities, the highest paying is Boston. This is likely due to the high cost of living and the number of large tech companies in the area. On the low end of the spectrum are Phoenix and Detroit. These are cities that are growing quickly but have lower living costs than some other metropolitan areas around the country.
Corporate trainers are not a role unique to any specific industry. This helps explain why there can be a large amount of variance between industry for this role. The range between these 15 industries is roughly $51,000-$61,000.
The tech industry generally pays higher salaries to their employees, so it’s no surprise that it is at the higher end of the salary range. Tech jobs are high in demand, so there is also a demand for corporate trainers to ensure the talent at these companies are at the top of their game.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in addition to this information, the lowest 10 percent of corporate trainers earned less than $32,950, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $102,740.
By business size
The size of a company can have a lot to do with how much corporate trainers are paid as well. Corporate trainers at larger companies are responsible for training more employees and creating development plans on a larger scale. Business size can affect salary not just for corporate trainers but lots of other roles as well.
Not surprisingly, recruiters at larger companies can expect a slightly higher salary.
How to make more money as a corporate trainer
Whether you’re interviewing for a new job or coming up on a performance review, it’s good to arm yourself with information to help you increase your salary. Coming to the negotiating table with an advanced degree or HR certification can allow you to even further negotiate a higher salary for yourself.
It’s also important that you have a strong understanding of a Corporate LMS (Learning Management System) as you will likely be using these types of platforms in your day-to-day. Being familiar with this type of software can make you more valuable in your role and increase your chances of earning a higher salary.