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Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $100K per year. In the world of Senior User Experience Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $73K and $140K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $16K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior User Experience Designers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Senior User Experience Designers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 62 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,941 - $130,569
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,731
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$41.18 - $96.96
(Median)
$41
$65
$97
MEDIAN: $64.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,941 - $130,569  
   
Bonus
$592 - $15,438  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $16,365  
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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$73,456 - $139,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 760
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$41.18 - $96.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$592 - $15,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $16,365  
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).
)
$73,456 - $139,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior User Experience Designer


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Though it's uncommon, some Senior User Experience Designers move into roles as User Experience Directors, where pay is an average $131K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Interface, User Research, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and JavaScript. Most people who know Interaction Design also know Information Architecture and Usability Testing. A tool kit that includes User Interface Design also typically contains 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.


Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $91K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $101K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $114K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Senior User Experience Designers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. Senior User Experience Designers in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Philadelphia and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 4%

User Interface
up arrow 2%

Usability Testing
up arrow 1%

User Research
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Interaction Design
0%

National Average
$103,000

Information Architecture
up arrow 1%

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%



up arrow 9%

JavaScript
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 14%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 6%
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