User Experience Architect Salary

Median pay for User Experience Architects in the United States is around $88K annually. Total cash compensation for User Experience Architects runs from $56K to $133K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Male User Experience Architects are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. Most User Experience Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$58,006 - $125,361

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$15.08 - $64.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,006 - $125,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,033  
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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$56,492 - $132,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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 - $11,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,033  
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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$56,492 - $132,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, Information Architecture, Usability Testing, and User Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $71K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $96K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $103K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $158K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, User Experience Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Experience Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+15 percent) and Seattle (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects User Experience Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Architect Salaries

Interaction Design
up arrow 13%

Information Architecture
up arrow 3%

Usability Testing
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User Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$90,000

User Interface Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 9%
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