User Experience Researcher Salary

Earnings for User Experience Researchers in the United States come in at around $80K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $19K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of User Experience Researchers spread between $54K and $130K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for User Experience Researchers is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,012 - $121,218
(Median)
$54K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,148
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$24.01 - $58.35
(Median)
$24
$36
$58
MEDIAN: $35.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,012 - $121,218  
   
Bonus
$-0.47 - $18,533  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $20,000  
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).
)
$54,261 - $129,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 500
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$24.01 - $58.35  
   
Overtime
$36.76 - $85.67  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.47 - $18,533  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $20,000  
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).
)
$54,261 - $129,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Job Description for User Experience Researcher

User experience researchers are in charge of researching user experience features in computer software and other applications. They investigate ways to improve the end-user interaction with computer programs to increase satisfaction, brand loyalty, and overall use. They create reports based on market trends and user surveys, analyzing the information and reporting observations to the user experience manager (or similar individual) in their organization.

Read More...

User Experience Researcher Tasks

  • Create user scenarios and stories to coordinate with other teams.
  • Design and lead user focus groups and data collection.
  • Interact with clients to determine requirements and set expectations.
  • Analyze and report on user data to inform design and deployment.

User Experience Researcher Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for User Experience Researcher


User Experience Researchers flock to Google, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $125K lead the pack in compensation.

Offering only $91K on average, Microsoft Corp seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $53K on the lower end and $161K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


User Experience Researchers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, Usability Testing, User Research, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Market Research, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis. For most people, competency in Usability Testing indicates knowledge of User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Researcher

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $75K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $99K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $125K. 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 $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,225

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For User Experience Researchers, busy Menlo Park offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. User Experience Researchers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+33 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). User Experience Researchers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — User Experience Researchers in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (22 percent lower) and Redmond (21 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 71%



National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries


Usability Testing
up arrow 1%

User Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$81,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 1%



Market Research
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 15%
ADVERTISEMENT