User Experience Manager Salary

Average pay for User Experience Managers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($102K). 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. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for User Experience Managers is high. Men working as User Experience Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,360 - $138,844
MEDIAN: $101,532

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National Salary Data (?
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$59,360 - $138,844  
$997 - $19,866  
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).
$58,610 - $149,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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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

User Experience Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Interaction Design, and End User Requirements Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include User Research and Project Management. For most people, competency in Usability Testing indicates knowledge of 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $126K. User Experience Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,878

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Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for User Experience Managers, 26 percent higher than the national average. User Experience Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh User Experience Managers earning much less — 32 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Salt Lake City and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect User Experience Manager Salaries

People Management
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Usability Testing

Graphic Design

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User Research
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 3%