Salaries for User Experience Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. In the world of User Experience Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $59K and $146K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women make up a slight majority of User Experience Managers (53 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$59,527 - $137,328
(Median)
$60K
$100K
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MEDIAN: $99,769
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,527 - $137,328  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $18,419  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $15,152  
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).
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$58,737 - $146,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.00  
   
Overtime
$32.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,939 - $18,419  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $15,152  
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).
)
$58,737 - $146,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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.

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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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with People Management, User Experience (UX) Design, and Interaction Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Graphic Design also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Interaction Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Information Architecture and Usability Testing. The majority of those who know User Interface Design also know Usability Testing and Information Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of User Experience Managers. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $78K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $97K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $122K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,337

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

For User Experience Managers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. User Experience Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Manager Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect User Experience Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 32%

User Experience (UX) Design
up arrow 13%






End User Requirements Research
up arrow 4%

National Average
$103,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Web Development
up arrow 43%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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