Senior User Experience Designer Salary

Wages for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Total cash compensation to Senior User Experience Designers approaches anywhere from $77K on the lower end to $144K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $17K from bonuses and upwards of $51K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. 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. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior User Experience Designers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$76,312 - $135,825
$76K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,717
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$32.81 - $96.68
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MEDIAN: $59.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$76,312 - $135,825  
   
Bonus
$1,037 - $17,195  
Profit Sharing
$1,462 - $50,684  
Total Pay (?
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$77,302 - $144,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 770
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$32.81 - $96.68  
   
Overtime
$80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,037 - $17,195  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,462 - $50,684  
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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$77,302 - $144,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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 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 Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 pay less than market rate include HTML, Graphic Design, and Cascading Style Sheets. Most people experienced in User Interface Design also know Usability Testing and Information Architecture. Those proficient in Interaction Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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: $103,674

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

Relative to Senior User Experience Designers in the rest of the country, Senior User Experience Designers in San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Diego see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (10 percent lower) and Denver (9 percent lower).

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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 95 votes.
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

▲24%

▲5%

National Average
$104,000

▼2%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 7%
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