User Experience Architect Salary

Average User Experience Architects in the United States make around $88K annually. Total cash compensation to User Experience Architects bottoms out near $56K and approaches $133K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of User Experience Architects are male.

$57,285 - $125,537
(Median)
$57K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,718
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$15.08 - $64.01
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$41
$64
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,285 - $125,537  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,350  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$56,255 - $133,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $64.01  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $82.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,350  
   
Profit Sharing
$989 - $10,000  
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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$56,255 - $133,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for User Experience Architect

User experience (UX) architects are in charge of designing user experience interfaces based on project requirements for their company. They are responsible for creating effecting user interfaces in software, as well as gathering application requirements and documenting business needs. User experience architects conduct user research by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data. In addition, they leverage results of this data to inform design decisions. The user experience architect's main duties also include creating wireframes, mockups, and prototypes based in scalability requirements, as well as creating websites, custom applications, and other interfaces that are easy to use. They utilize their project management skills to follow up on user experience issues, and modify design features to accommodate a wide range of end users.

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User Experience Architect Tasks

  • Design and present user experience documentation including wireframes, mockups, flows, conceptual diagrams, task flows, and/or site maps to client.
  • Envision and design the user experience from onboarding, error correction, and to completion.
  • Conduct research including surveys, contextual interviews, user persona development, and usability studies to understand the user experience idealized by the client.

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Popular Skills for User Experience Architect


Job skills reported by User Experience Architects are limited. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, Information Architecture, User Research, and Usability Testing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 17 percent. Most people who know Information Architecture also know Usability Testing.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $71K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $95K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $103K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $158K.

Pay Difference by Location


For User Experience Architects, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. User Experience Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+15 percent) and Seattle (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects User Experience Architect Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 77%



National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Architect Salaries

Interaction Design
up arrow 17%

Information Architecture
up arrow 4%

Usability Testing
up arrow 3%

User Research
up arrow 3%

National Average
$90,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 10%
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