User Experience Manager Salary

User Experience Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $102K annually. Cash earnings for User Experience Managers — including $20K in bonuses and $21K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $59K to $150K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most User Experience Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on 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  
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).
$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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Most people who know Usability Testing also know Interaction Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Manager

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $74K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $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). Place of residence plays a huge part in an User Experience Manager's salary, with Pittsburgh User Experience Managers earning salaries that are 32 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (16 percent less) and Atlanta (14 percent less).

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Experience Affects User Experience Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect User Experience Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 33%

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%