Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Compensation for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($99K). In the world of Senior User Experience Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $76K and $144K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $17K and $50K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Senior User Experience Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field.

$75,323 - $134,693
$75K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,111
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$33.10 - $97.87
$33
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$98
MEDIAN: $59.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,323 - $134,693  
   
Bonus
$1,037 - $17,195  
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $50,335  
Total Pay (?
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$76,362 - $143,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$33.10 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,037 - $17,195  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $50,335  
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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$76,362 - $143,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Survey results imply that Senior User Experience Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Experience Design, JavaScript, User Research, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Graphic Design, and Cascading Style Sheets. Skill sets containing User Interface Design also tend to include Usability Testing and Information Architecture. The majority of those who know Interaction Design also know Information Architecture and Usability Testing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior User Experience Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior User Experience Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior User Experience Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 221 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior User Experience Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 480 salaries. An experienced Senior User Experience Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 324 salaries. A Senior User Experience Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,824

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

For Senior User Experience Designers, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Diego are known as the cities with the best salaries for Senior User Experience Designers. In Chicago, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Austin and Denver earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 9 percent.

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Key Stats for Senior User Experience Designer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

▲25%

▲6%

National Average
$103,000

▼1%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 6%