The average User Experience Architect in the United States earns approximately $82K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to User Experience Architects can bottom out near $55K or peak near $121K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as User Experience Architects who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Most have medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for User Experience Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,081 - $120,278
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MEDIAN: $81,551
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$19.57 - $64.56
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,081 - $120,278  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $12,427  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $3,452  
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$55,319 - $121,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.73 - $12,427  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $3,452  
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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$55,319 - $121,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Interaction Design and User Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include User Experience Design. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of User Experience Architects. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $71K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $87K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $110K on average. 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

National Average: $81,840

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Experience Architects, 40 percent above the national average. User Experience Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+27 percent), New York (+20 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). User Experience Architects often earn below-average salaries when they head to the heartland. Specifically, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Chicago represent the three worst-paying cities for User Experience Architects in the United States. Employers in Detroit and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Architect Salaries

Interaction Design
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User Interface Design
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Information Architecture
0%

National Average
$82,000

Usability Testing
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User Experience (UX) Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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