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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. Cash earnings for User Experience Directors — including $30K in bonuses and $25K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $91K to $180K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, User Experience Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. User Experience Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage.

$87,880 - $163,901
MEDIAN: $129,963

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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.
$87,880 - $163,901  
$1,012 - $30,136  
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).
$90,795 - $180,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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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

User Experience Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategy, and User Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those educated in Information Architecture tend to be well versed 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.

User Experience Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $87K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $123K. After working for 10 to 20 years, User Experience Directors make a median salary of $141K. 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

With a pay rate for User Experience Directors that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+13 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Washington.

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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 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: 78% employee benefits None: 4%