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Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Senior User Experience Designers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $99K per year on average. Cash earnings for Senior User Experience Designers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $73K to approximately $139K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male Senior User Experience Designers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior User Experience Designers.

$71,755 - $129,503
(Median)
$72K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,375
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90%

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$40.85 - $97.87
(Median)
$41
$65
$98
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,755 - $129,503  
   
Bonus
$503 - $15,365  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $20,375  
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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$73,379 - $139,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$40.85 - $97.87  
   
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
$503 - $15,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$989 - $20,375  
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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$73,379 - $139,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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.

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Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Senior User Experience Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Interface, User Research, and Usability Testing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and JavaScript also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Interaction Design also know Information Architecture and Usability Testing. It is often found that people who know User Interface Design are also skilled in 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.


In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $91K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $101K. Senior User Experience Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $114K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior User Experience Designers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior User Experience Designer's salary, with Austin Senior User Experience Designers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (19 percent lower) and Dallas (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

User Interface
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End User Requirements Research
up arrow 4%

User Research
up arrow 3%

Usability Testing
up arrow 1%

Interaction Design
0%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$103,000

Information Architecture
up arrow 1%

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%



Project Management
up arrow 8%

up arrow 10%

JavaScript
up arrow 12%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 21%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 24%

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
16%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%