Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Senior User Experience Designers in the United States earn an average of $99K per year; salaries are particularly strong in San Jose, where workers earn around $136K. Senior User Experience Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Atlanta (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and New York (+2 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$71,976 - $131,020
(Median)
$72K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,242
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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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,976 - $131,020  
   
Bonus
$964 - $15,385  
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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$73,423 - $140,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 829
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$41.18 - $96.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$964 - $15,385  
   
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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$73,423 - $140,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Senior User Experience Designers who advance into the role of an User Experience Director are fairly uncommon. User Experience Directors on average earn $132K 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 User Research, Usability Testing, 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. Those familiar with User Interface Design tend to be well versed in Usability Testing and Information Architecture. Most people skilled in Interaction Design are similarly competent in Information Architecture and Usability Testing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior User Experience Designer

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


Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $92K, 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 $114K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $110K by contrast.

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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
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Information Architecture
up arrow 2%

Web Design
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End User Requirements Research
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User Interface
up arrow 8%

Project Management
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up arrow 9%

JavaScript
up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 13%

Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 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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