Dip In Dollars

Average trainer salaries in 2015-2016 decreased nearly 3.5 percent to $79,293, according to Training research.

Average training salaries dipped more than 3 percent to $79,293 in 2015-2016, according to Training magazine’s Annual Salary Survey of 1,344 readers. The average increase in salary in the last 12 months (not including a promotion or change of employer) remained at just under 3 percent, the same as in 2014-2015. The majority (54 percent) of respondents typically work between 40 and 44 hours per week. Some 37 percent of respondents said their salary was low relative to their responsibilities, while another 48 percent said it was equitable. Eleven percent (up 2 percent from last year) believe they are well paid relative to their responsibilities. Some 57 percent of respondents said they received a bonus in 2015, and 60 percent are eligible for one this year. The average cash bonus was $8,414, down from $10,603 the year before.

Only 2 percent said employers asked them to take a pay cut in 2015-2016, the same as last year. Some 40 percent of respondents said their organization cut budgets in the last 12 months, 1 percent more than in 2014-2015. Travel was trimmed by 38 percent of respondents’ organizations, up from 36 percent. Some 13 percent froze salaries vs. 12 percent in 2014-2015. And 6.4 percent eliminated bonuses, the same as last year. Employee layoffs also remained the same at 24 percent.

Most Training professionals continue to enjoy what they do for a living, with nearly 73 percent saying they wouldn’t choose another career if they could do it all over again. Of those who preferred other careers, answers ranged from animal behaviorist/trainer, interior designer, and bakery owner to medical professional, forensic investigator, and horticulturist.

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Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.