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 $21K, overall incomes of User Experience Managers spread between $59K and $150K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male User Experience Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,202 - $138,423
MEDIAN: $100,753

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National Salary Data (?
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$59,202 - $138,423  
$1,003 - $19,928  
Profit Sharing
$797 - $21,331  
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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).
$58,625 - $149,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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

Survey results show that User Experience Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, Information Architecture, End User Requirements Research, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include User Research. Most people experienced in Usability Testing also know Interaction Design.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

User Experience Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $74K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $96K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $123K. 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 $134K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, User Experience Managers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. User Experience Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), New York (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). User Experience Managers in Pittsburgh make 31 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (17 percent lower) and Atlanta (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Project Management
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Usability Testing
up arrow 3%

National Average

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

User Research
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.


42 %
58 %

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%