Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Senior User Experience Designers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Senior User Experience Designers, overall income ranges from $74K near the bottom to $140K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Men working as Senior User Experience Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent.

$72,578 - $131,073
(Median)
$73K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $98,785
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$40.13 - $88.74
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$40
$62
$89
MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,578 - $131,073  
   
Bonus
$1,026 - $15,105  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $24,468  
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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$73,957 - $140,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,088
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$40.13 - $88.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $90.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,026 - $15,105  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $24,468  
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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$73,957 - $140,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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 move on to become User Experience Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as User Experience Directors get paid an average of $132K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior User Experience Designer


Employees of Amazon.com Inc can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $119K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $90K to $179K.

Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Senior User Experience Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Research, Usability Testing, Interaction Design, and User Interface are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, Graphic Design, and JavaScript. Those who learned User Interface Design also tend to know Usability Testing and Information Architecture. It is often found that people who know Interaction Design are also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior User Experience Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $93K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $101K. Senior User Experience Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $111K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $120K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,095

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

Senior User Experience Designers in San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco — the highest-paid cities for Senior User Experience Designers in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Chicago (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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Usability Testing
0%

User Research
0%

User Interface
0%

National Average
$102,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 1%

Information Architecture
up arrow 1%

User Experience (UX) Design
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%



JavaScript
up arrow 6%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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