Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Wages for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. In the world of Senior User Experience Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $24K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $140K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men make up a slight majority of Senior User Experience Designers (59 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Senior User Experience Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,578 - $131,073
(Median)
$73K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $98,785
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$40.13 - $88.74
(Median)
$40
$62
$89
MEDIAN: $61.00
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90%

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as User Experience Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $132K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior User Experience Designer


Offering a median of only $119K, Amazon.com Inc pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $90K on the lower end and $179K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Senior User Experience Designers seem to wield many 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. A tool kit that includes User Interface Design also typically contains Usability Testing and Information Architecture. Most people experienced in Interaction Design also know 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.


Senior User Experience Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $111K. Senior User Experience Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $120K.

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. San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Austin and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
0%

Usability Testing
0%

User Research
0%

User Interface
0%

National Average
$102,000

User Interface Design
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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%

up arrow 8%

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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