User Experience Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for User Experience Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Cash earnings for User Experience Managers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $22K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $148K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male User Experience Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. For the most part, User Experience Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and almost all collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,486 - $136,452
MEDIAN: $100,356

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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.
$59,486 - $136,452  
$983 - $19,845  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $21,852  
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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).
$58,956 - $147,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, Information Architecture, User Interface Design, and End User Requirements Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include User Research. It is often found that people who know Usability Testing are also skilled in Interaction Design.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $76K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $97K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $122K on average. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $134K.

Pay Difference by Location

For User Experience Managers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. User Experience Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Salt Lake City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 3%