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, total cash compensation can vary between $93K and $180K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $25K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of User Experience Directors (62 percent) survey respondents are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most User Experience Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$90,336 - $164,550
MEDIAN: $129,993

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National Salary Data (?
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$90,336 - $164,550  
$1,468 - $29,665  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $24,566  
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).
$92,730 - $180,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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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 report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, End User Requirements Research, and Strategy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Web Development. For most people, competency in Information Architecture indicates knowledge of 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $92K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $125K. For User Experience Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $142K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $152K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,022

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

Home to some of the best pay for User Experience Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 13 percent above the national average. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+8 percent), Boston (+6 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). In Denver, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Washington and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

Team Leadership
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End User Requirements Research
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User Experience (UX) Design
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People Management
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Information Architecture
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User Interface Design
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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 56 votes.


38 %
62 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%