User Experience Architect Salary

Median pay for User Experience Architects in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $87K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to User Experience Architects can bottom out near $55K or peak near $133K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men account for the majority of User Experience Architects who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$56,436 - $124,887
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$56K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,689
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$14.97 - $64.39
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MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,436 - $124,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,248  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$55,416 - $133,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $64.39  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $82.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,067  
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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$55,416 - $133,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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


User Experience Architects who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, Information Architecture, Usability Testing, and User Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Those proficient in Information Architecture are, more often than not, also skilled in Usability Testing.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Architect

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


For many User Experience Architects, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $71K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $94K on average. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $103K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $158K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Experience Architects, 28 percent above the national average. User Experience Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+15 percent) and Seattle (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects User Experience Architect Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 77%



National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Architect Salaries

Interaction Design
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Usability Testing
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User Research
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User Interface Design
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National Average
$89,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 9%