Six-figure salaries are the norm for User Experience Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $101K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $19K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to User Experience Managers can bottom out near $61K or peak near $147K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, User Experience Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women User Experience Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$61,042 - $138,032
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MEDIAN: $100,749
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,042 - $138,032  
   
Bonus
$2,027 - $18,890  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,740  
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$60,678 - $147,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Hourly Rate
$43.00  
   
Overtime
$43.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,027 - $18,890  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,740  
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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$60,678 - $147,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • Collaborate with marketing and other departments to create a unified experience.
  • Analyze web data, competitive analyses, industry trends, and usability studies to develop requirements.

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Popular Skills for User Experience Manager


Survey takers working as User Experience Managers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 30 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Development and Project Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know User Interface Design also know Usability Testing and Information Architecture. Most people familiar with Interaction Design also know Information Architecture and Usability Testing.

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 $79K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $123K. User Experience Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,985

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Home to some of the best pay for User Experience Managers, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. User Experience Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+30 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). For User Experience Managers, smaller cities mean smaller paychecks — those in Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis (locations with fewer than a million residents) earn less than User Experience Managers in the rest of the country. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (12 percent less) and Minneapolis (10 percent less).

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Key Stats for User Experience Manager

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects User Experience Manager Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect User Experience Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 30%

User Experience (UX) Design
up arrow 12%







National Average
$105,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Web Development
up arrow 44%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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