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User Experience Manager Salary

Salaries for User Experience Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $22K, overall incomes of User Experience Managers spread between $59K and $147K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most User Experience Managers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of User Experience Managers (56 percent) who responded to the survey. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,295 - $136,687
MEDIAN: $101,349

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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.
$59,295 - $136,687  
$1,953 - $19,976  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $22,148  
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).
$58,592 - $147,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277

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Job Description for User Experience Manager

User experience managers are in charge of facilitating user experience design and implementing/managing experience features on behalf of their organization. They are responsible for leading a group of developers, designers, and other information technology professionals to form an effective user experience model. These individuals should possess strong leadership skills to motivate a group of technical team members in finding a common set of design ideas which meet all project requirements.


User Experience Manager Tasks

  • Collaborate with marketing and other departments to create a unified experience.
  • Analyze web data, competitive analyses, industry trends, and usability studies to develop requirements.
  • Lead development of user experience designs, including research, scenarios, wireframes, and testing.
  • Set vision and lead meetings to brainstorm project goals and define functional specifications.

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Popular Skills for User Experience Manager

User Experience Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, End User Requirements Research, Information Architecture, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Those educated in Usability Testing tend to be well versed in Interaction Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Manager

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 individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $78K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $98K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $122K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for User Experience Managers, 21 percent higher than the national average. User Experience Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), New York (+10 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Minneapolis (+3 percent). Salt Lake City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (14 percent less) and Chicago (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects User Experience Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect User Experience Manager Salaries

End User Requirements Research
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Project Management
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Usability Testing
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User Research

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.


44 %
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%