User Experience Director Salary

Average User Experience Directors in the United States make around $129K annually. Overall cash earnings for User Experience Directors stretch from $96K on the lower end to $181K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Male User Experience Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Most User Experience Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$92,856 - $164,383
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$130K
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MEDIAN: $128,615
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$92,856 - $164,383  
   
Bonus
$3,878 - $30,046  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $20,044  
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$96,305 - $181,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 334

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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


User Experience Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and Web Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Interaction Design also know Information Architecture and User Research.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Director

Pay by Experience for a User Experience Director has a positive trend. An entry-level User Experience Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 35 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A User Experience Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 101 salaries. An experienced User Experience Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 245 salaries. A User Experience Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $153,000 based on 59 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,072

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

For User Experience Directors, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (14 percent less) and Austin (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for User Experience Director

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
60%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$137,000

▼10%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

Team Leadership
▲22%

Strategy
▲9%



Strategy Development
▲2%



National Average
$137,000





Web Development
▼11%

Web Design
▼22%

Project Management
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
60%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 5%
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