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User Experience Director Salary

User Experience Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $135K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for User Experience Directors stretch from $91K on the lower end to $180K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male User Experience Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Most User Experience Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$87,150 - $164,433
MEDIAN: $128,930

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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.
$87,150 - $164,433  
$1,009 - $30,051  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $12,365  
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).
$90,687 - $179,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategy, User Research, Interaction Design, and Information Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. The majority of those who know Information Architecture also know User Research and Interaction Design.

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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $89K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $121K. For User Experience Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $140K. 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 $155K.

Pay Difference by Location

For User Experience Directors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+13 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Minneapolis (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Washington, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

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Information Architecture
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Interaction Design
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User Research
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User Interface Design
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%