Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Median pay for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States is around $99K annually, but employers in San Jose offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $135K. Senior User Experience Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Atlanta (+5 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Los Angeles (+2 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,032 - $131,142

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$41.55 - $95.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,032 - $131,142  
   
Bonus
$962 - $15,058  
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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$73,531 - $139,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 851
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$41.55 - $95.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$962 - $15,058  
   
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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$73,531 - $139,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Advancing into an User Experience Director role seems to be a popular career move for Senior User Experience Designers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $131K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Survey results imply that Senior User Experience Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in User Research, Usability Testing, Interaction Design, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Interaction Design are also skilled in Information Architecture and Usability Testing. Those who learned User Interface Design also tend to 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.


The relatively untested earn a median of $92K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $101K. On average, Senior User Experience Designers make $112K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Senior User Experience Designers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $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 4%

User Interface
up arrow 5%


JavaScript
up arrow 7%


up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 8%


Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

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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