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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 $100K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior User Experience Designers can bottom out near $73K or peak near $139K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male Senior User Experience Designers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,886 - $129,913
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,622
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90%

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$41.01 - $97.44
(Median)
$41
$65
$97
MEDIAN: $64.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,886 - $129,913  
   
Bonus
$550 - $15,427  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $16,365  
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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$73,393 - $139,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 739
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$41.01 - $97.44  
   
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
$550 - $15,427  
   
Profit Sharing
$991 - $16,365  
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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$73,393 - $139,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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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Advancing into an User Experience Director role seems to be a popular career move for Senior User Experience Designers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $131K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Senior User Experience Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Research, User Interface, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and JavaScript. Most people familiar with User Interface Design also know 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

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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $114K in this role. 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


San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Senior User Experience Designers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior User Experience Designers in Austin earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 13 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
up arrow 4%

User Research
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

User Interface
up arrow 1%

Interaction Design
0%

Usability Testing
0%

Information Architecture
0%

National Average
$103,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%



up arrow 9%

JavaScript
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 17%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 6%
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