User Experience Director Salary

Average pay for an User Experience Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $129K per year. Overall cash earnings for User Experience Directors stretch from $91K on the lower end to $179K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male User Experience Directors who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of User Experience Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$88,789 - $164,217
MEDIAN: $129,001

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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.
$88,789 - $164,217  
$1,015 - $29,503  
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).
$91,200 - $178,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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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

Survey results suggest that User Experience Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategy, and Information Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Web Development, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Information Architecture also 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of User Experience Directors. The average beginner in this position makes around $86K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $123K. User Experience Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $140K. 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

For User Experience Directors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. User Experience Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+13 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Denver and 9 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 21%

up arrow 17%

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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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 59 votes.


34 %
66 %

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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 4%