User Experience Director Salary

On average, User Experience Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($130K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Overall cash earnings for User Experience Directors stretch from $92K on the lower end to $183K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more male User Experience Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Job satisfaction for User Experience Directors is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$90,182 - $166,095
MEDIAN: $129,736

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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.
$90,182 - $166,095  
$1,016 - $29,837  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $24,747  
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).
$92,076 - $182,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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 suggest that User Experience Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategy, and Information Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Information Architecture also know 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 inexperienced employees take home approximately $87K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $123K. User Experience Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $140K. User Experience Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $152K.

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 (+13 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Dallas and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Information Architecture
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User Research
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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 60 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%