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 cash earnings of User Experience Directors range from $93K on the low end to $180K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $25K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of User Experience Directors are male. Most User Experience Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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  
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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 large range 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Web Development. It is often found that people who know Information Architecture are also skilled 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $92K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $125K. On average, User Experience Directors make $142K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $152K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,022

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

For those looking to make money, User Experience Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. User Experience Directors will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+8 percent), Boston (+6 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Washington (8 percent lower) and Philadelphia (6 percent lower).

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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
up arrow 9%

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%