User Experience Manager Salary

User Experience Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $100K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of User Experience Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $22K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $59K and $148K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most User Experience Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and nearly all earn dental coverage. Men working as User Experience Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,171 - $136,911

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National Salary 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.
$59,171 - $136,911  
$986 - $19,824  
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).
$58,544 - $148,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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, Project Management, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like User Research. Those proficient in Usability Testing are, more often than not, 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of User Experience Managers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $74K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $96K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $121K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $134K.

Pay Difference by Location

User Experience Managers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. User Experience Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Salt Lake City.

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Experience Affects User Experience Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect User Experience Manager Salaries

Project Management
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End User Requirements Research
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User Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


43 %
57 %

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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 3%