Senior User Experience Designer Salary

The median salary for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States is $99K per year, and compared to other cities, San Jose offers the biggest paychecks at around $136K on average. Senior User Experience Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and New York (+2 percent).

$72,007 - $131,243
(Median)
$72K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,265
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$41.36 - $96.35
(Median)
$41
$65
$96
MEDIAN: $64.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,007 - $131,243  
   
Bonus
$977 - $15,242  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $16,129  
Total Pay (?
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$73,482 - $140,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$41.36 - $96.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$977 - $15,242  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $16,129  
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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$73,482 - $140,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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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 $131K annually.

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Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Survey results imply that Senior User Experience Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Usability Testing, User Research, Interaction Design, 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 HTML. Most people familiar with Interaction Design also know Information Architecture and Usability Testing. The majority of those who know User Interface Design also know 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.


Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $92K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. On average, Senior User Experience Designers make $113K following one to two decades on the job. Senior User Experience Designers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $110K.

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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Interaction Design
0%

Usability Testing
0%

User Research
0%

National Average
$102,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%

Information Architecture
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 5%


User Interface
up arrow 6%


up arrow 8%

JavaScript
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 12%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 14%

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
41%
10-19 years
40%
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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