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Senior User Experience Designer Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $103K per year. In the world of Senior User Experience Designers, overall income ranges from $73K near the bottom to $138K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior User Experience Designers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of Senior User Experience Designers (64 percent) survey respondents.
Senior User Experience Designer Salary (?
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$72,100 - $129,282
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MEDIAN: $99,632
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Senior User Experience Designer Salary (?
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$39.73 - $86.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,100 - $129,282  
   
Bonus
$312.17 - $15,159  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $16,085  
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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$73,331 - $138,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$39.73 - $86.13  
   
Overtime
$38.78 - $86.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$312.17 - $15,159  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $16,085  
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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$73,331 - $138,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Interface, User Research, and Usability Testing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Adobe Illustrator as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Photoshop and Web Design also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Interaction Design tend to be well versed 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.
Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $91K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $101K. For Senior User Experience Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $114K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $110K by contrast.

Pay Difference By Location

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California is a land of opportunity for Senior User Experience Designers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. Senior User Experience Designers in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis (19 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

End User Requirements Research
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User Interface
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User Research
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Interaction Design
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Usability Testing
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National Average
$103,000
Information Architecture
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User Interface Design
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Project Management
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JavaScript
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Web Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

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