Salaries for User Experience Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($128K) per year. In the world of User Experience Directors, overall income ranges from $96K near the bottom to $180K at the top; this can include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for User Experience Directors is high. Men working as User Experience Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$92,892 - $165,209
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MEDIAN: $128,242
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$92,892 - $165,209  
   
Bonus
$3,013 - $29,492  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $19,866  
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$96,207 - $180,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347

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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

  • 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.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise a team of designers and user experts.
  • Create mock-ups and track metrics related to identifiable factors that change user experience.
  • Create and implement strategies that improve user experience through design.

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Popular Skills for User Experience Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership and Strategy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management and Web Development as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Interaction Design tend to be well versed in Information Architecture 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 User Experience Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $118K. User Experience Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $140K. As User Experience Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $151K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,461

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

Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, User Experience Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+10 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Workers in Minneapolis and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for User Experience Director

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
062
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
62%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries



National Average
$136,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 22%

Strategy
up arrow 9%

Strategy Development
up arrow 3%





End User Requirements Research
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$136,000




Web Development
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
62%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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