Going UP! 2014 Salary Survey Results

Average training salaries rise by 3.4 percent in 2013-2014.

Continuing last year’s resurgence, average training salaries rose 3.4 percent to $81,334 in 2013-2014, according to Training magazine’s Annual Salary Survey of nearly 1,100 readers. The average increase in salary in the last 12 months (not including a promotion or change of employer) increased slightly from 2.74 percent in 2012-2013 to 2.86 percent in 2013-2014. Some 42 percent of respondents said their salary was low relative to their responsibilities, while another 48 percent said it was equitable. Only 10 percent (up from 9 percent last year) believe they are well paid relative to their responsibilities. Some 55 percent (the same as last year) of respondents said they received a bonus in 2013, and 59 percent are eligible for one this year. The average cash bonus was $9,866, down slightly from $10,089, in 2013-2014.

As in 2012-2013, only 3 percent said employers asked them to take a pay cut. Some 45 percent of respondents said their organization cut budgets in the last 12 months, 2 percent less than in 2012-2013. Travel was slashed by 41 percent of respondents, the same as in 2012-2013. Some 14 percent froze salaries vs. 18 percent in 2012-2013. And 7.8 percent eliminated bonuses compared with 8.2 percent the year before. Employee layoffs decreased a bit, from 26 percent to 24 percent.

Most training professionals continue to enjoy what they do for a living, with nearly 74 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 “something in the medical field,” veterinarian, and computer programmer to cartographer, radio DJ, and fishing guide.

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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.