User Experience Architect Salary

Pay for User Experience Architects in the United States sits in the ballpark of $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. Work is enjoyable for User Experience Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male User Experience Architects who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men.

$57,239 - $125,436
(Median)
$57K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,448
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$15.17 - $64.29
(Median)
$15
$42
$64
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,239 - $125,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,139  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $9,933  
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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$56,407 - $133,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $64.29  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $78.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $9,933  
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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$56,407 - $133,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, Usability Testing, Information Architecture, and User Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Information Architecture tend to be well versed 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $71K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $94K on average. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $158K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,939

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

For User Experience Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. User Experience Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent) and New York (+11 percent). User Experience Architects in Detroit report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Chicago and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Architect Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%



National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Architect Salaries

Interaction Design
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Usability Testing
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Information Architecture
up arrow 1%

User Research
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National Average
$90,000

User Interface Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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