User Experience Architect Salary

Average User Experience Architects in the United States make around $83K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male User Experience Architects making up 55 percent of survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a majority get vision benefits. Most User Experience Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,886 - $122,205
$54K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,879
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50%
90%

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$22.50 - $85.00
$22
$41
$85
MEDIAN: $41.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,886 - $122,205  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $12,184  
Profit Sharing
$1,981  
Total Pay (?
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$54,689 - $124,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$22.50 - $85.00  
   
Overtime
$53.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$198.66 - $12,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,981  
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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$54,689 - $124,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

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

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Popular Skills for User Experience Architect


User Experience Architects report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Interaction Design and User Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For many User Experience Architects, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $69K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $88K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $112K. User Experience Architects who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $158K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,351

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

For those looking to make money, User Experience Architects in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. User Experience Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). For User Experience Architects, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Chicago, three midwestern cities, are home to the lowest salaries in the United States, all claiming a rate below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit (12 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for User Experience Architect

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects User Experience Architect Salaries

Late-Career
▲90%

▲34%

▲5%

National Average
$83,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect User Experience Architect Salaries

Interaction Design
▲70%

▲11%



Usability Testing
▼0%

National Average
$83,000

User Experience (UX) Design
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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