Average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $100K per year. In the world of Senior User Experience Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $49K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $76K and $144K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage.

$74,077 - $134,315
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $99,733
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$38.13 - $100.17
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MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,077 - $134,315  
   
Bonus
$1,479 - $17,779  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $48,936  
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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$75,720 - $143,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$38.13 - $100.17  
   
Overtime
$85.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,479 - $17,779  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $48,936  
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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$75,720 - $143,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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 Employer Salaries for Senior User Experience Designer


Amazon.com Inc seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $117K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $89K and $158K.

Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Survey takers working as Senior User Experience Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in User Experience Design, JavaScript, User Research, and Information Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Graphic Design, and Cascading Style Sheets. A tool kit that includes User Interface Design also typically contains Usability Testing and Information Architecture. Most people familiar with 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $94K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $102K. Senior User Experience Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $111K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior User Experience Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $126K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,692

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

For those looking to make money, Senior User Experience Designers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Senior User Experience Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Boston (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). In Austin, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Denver and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 10 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries



National Average
$104,000



Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

User Experience (UX) Design
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JavaScript
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User Research
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Information Architecture
0%

National Average
$104,000

User Interface Design
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User Interface
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Interaction Design
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Usability Testing
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Web Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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End User Requirements Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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