Senior User Experience Designers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($99K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Senior User Experience Designers — which occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing — stretch from around $77K to approximately $144K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up a slight majority of Senior User Experience Designers (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$75,411 - $134,577
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MEDIAN: $99,422
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$35.87 - $99.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,411 - $134,577  
   
Bonus
$1,200 - $17,875  
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $50,335  
Total Pay (?
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$76,505 - $144,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 828
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$35.87 - $99.89  
   
Overtime
$80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,200 - $17,875  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $50,335  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$76,505 - $144,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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Job Description for Senior User Experience Designer

A senior user experience designer is a team leader who works with designers, product engineers, and product managers to create a friendly and intuitive user experience architecture. The senior user experience designer starts with a solid understanding of human cognitive science; by understanding how human beings think and operate, the designer can determine the broad framework for how the user experience should be for the company's product. These senior professionals work with the design team to create wireframes, mockups, and prototypes to demonstrate interaction and design concepts. Senior designers then help implement the interaction and design concepts into the company product by working alongside the product engineers. Finally, the senior user experience designer works with product managers to continually pursue customer satisfaction with usability studies and testing.

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Senior User Experience Designer Tasks

  • Create user-focused designs informed by market analysis, customer feedback and requirements, and user research analytics.
  • Design mock-ups and click-through prototypes as necessary for each product.
  • Develop example high-level requirements, conceptual diagrams, and visual interface designs.
  • Create key design deliverables specific to each product, such as scenarios and use-cases.

Common Career Paths for Senior User Experience Designer


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It's not very common for Senior User Experience Designers to move on to become User Experience Directors. Average pay for an User Experience Director is $132K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior User Experience Designer


Offering a median of only $117K, Amazon.com Inc pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $89K on the lower end and $158K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Senior User Experience Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Experience Design, JavaScript, User Research, and Information Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design, HTML, and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Interaction Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Information Architecture and Usability Testing. Most people skilled in User Interface Design are similarly competent in Usability Testing and Information Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior User Experience Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $95K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $101K. Senior User Experience Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $111K. Senior User Experience Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,208

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior User Experience Designers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (10 percent lower) and Chicago (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior User Experience Designer

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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