User Experience Director Salary

User Experience Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $129K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to User Experience Directors approaches anywhere from $91K on the lower end to $178K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $29K from bonuses and upwards of $25K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most User Experience Directors. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of User Experience Directors are male. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$89,047 - $164,090

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Salary
$89,047 - $164,090  
   
Bonus
$1,017 - $29,471  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $24,832  
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).
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$91,377 - $178,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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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.

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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 show that User Experience Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Strategy, Information Architecture, and Interaction Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 18 percent. Web Development, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Information Architecture also tend to 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.


For many User Experience Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $86K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $123K. User Experience Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $140K. User Experience Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $151K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Experience Directors, 16 percent above the national average. User Experience Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries



National Average
$135,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 37%

Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 18%

Strategy
up arrow 17%

Information Architecture
up arrow 3%

Interaction Design
up arrow 3%

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%

User Research
up arrow 2%

Usability Testing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$135,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Development
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
67%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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