User Experience Director Salary

Salaries for User Experience Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($130K) per year. Total incomes of User Experience Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $29K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $93K and $180K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. User Experience Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$90,580 - $164,154
MEDIAN: $130,058

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National Salary Data (?
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$90,580 - $164,154  
$1,019 - $29,387  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $24,917  
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).
$92,500 - $179,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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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 Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Strategy, Information Architecture, and Interaction Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Development. Those educated in Information Architecture tend to be well versed in Interaction Design and User Research.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Inexperienced workers earn around $88K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $126K. On average, User Experience Directors make $141K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $151K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

For User Experience Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. User Experience Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Washington (14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

People Management
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User Interface Design
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Information Architecture
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Interaction Design
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User Research
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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 55 votes.


36 %
64 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 7%