Spending in the training industry in U.S. 2012-2019

Following a dramatic increase of over 20 billion U.S. dollars from 2016 to 2017, total expenditure on workplace training in the United States dropped from 93.6 billion in 2017 to 83 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

Training expenditure

Training expenditure includes the budget allocated by companies for training activities, spending on training-related technology, and the salaries paid to internal training staff. Aside from salaries, the money spent can either be on training activities provided internally, or on external training services. Spending on external training in the U.S. is much lower than spending on internal training, with external providers more commonly engaged to assist with technology and gather feedback from trainees (learner support) than to develop and run training activities. Wages constitute the largest share of internal training expenditure, followed by general expenses such as facility hire, travel and equipment.

Workplace training

Workplace training is conducted to teach staff members the specific skills they need to perform their role, such as how to use required software or manage certain types of interpersonal interaction. This is to be distinguished from learning and development, which includes teaching broader skills not strictly necessary for an employee’s job. The specific and often knowledge-based subject matter of workplace training means that technological solutions are often viable. Knowledge-based training such as teaching a company’s compliance policy are often provided via an online platform. However, many employees believe traditional forms of face-to-face training are more effective than technology-driven solutions.

Total training expenditures in the United States from 2012 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

November 2019

Region

North America, United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Figures include all training-related expenditures for the year, including training budgets, technology spending, and staff salaries.
The training expenditure figures are weighted by company size and industry according to a Dun & Bradstreet database available through Hoovers of U.S. companies.
Values up to 2014 were taken from previous editions.

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