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User Experience Director Salary

User Experience Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $130K annually. In the world of User Experience Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $91K and $183K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for User Experience Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of User Experience Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$88,288 - $165,826
MEDIAN: $130,045

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$88,288 - $165,826  
$1,008 - $29,926  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $24,658  
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).
$91,102 - $183,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350

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Job Description for User Experience Director

User experience directors are in charge of overseeing user experience features for software on behalf of their organization. They are responsible for facilitating communication among user experience professionals, as well as helping design products and/or applications using customer feedback and market trends. One of this director's main duties includes creating an engaging user experience to increase customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. They develop design specifications using diagrams and other visual aids, as well as collaborate with internal teams to form cohesive concepts for release. They research user feedback during testing and lead a team to establish and deploy an effective design process.


User Experience Director Tasks

  • Create mock-ups and track metrics related to identifiable factors that change user experience.
  • Create and implement strategies that improve user experience through design.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise a team of designers and user experts.
  • Design, conduct, and evaluate studies to understand and improve user experience, documenting requirements.
  • Work directly with clients to identify requirements and ensure a positive experience.

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Popular Skills for User Experience Director

Survey results imply that User Experience Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategy, and User Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 16 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Information Architecture are also skilled in Interaction Design and User Research.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Director

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $87K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $123K. User Experience Directors bring in $141K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $152K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Experience Directors, 23 percent above the national average. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). Washington is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

People Management
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User Research
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Information Architecture
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Interaction Design
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User Interface Design
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Usability Testing
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National Average

Project Management
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Web Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.


35 %
65 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 4%