User Experience Researcher Salary

Median pay for User Experience Researchers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $79K per year. Total cash compensation for User Experience Researchers runs from $53K to $128K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $18K and profit sharing that can reach almost $16K. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Most User Experience Researchers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$53,482 - $120,597

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$23.15 - $57.19

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,482 - $120,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,925  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $16,135  
Total Pay (?
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$52,919 - $128,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.15 - $57.19  
   
Overtime
$28.09 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,925  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $16,135  
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).
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$52,919 - $128,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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.

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for User Experience Researcher


Google, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $125K.

Bringing up the rear, Microsoft Corp's median pay of $89K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $158K.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


User Experience Researchers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Research, Usability Testing, 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, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis. Those proficient in Usability Testing are, more often than not, also skilled in User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Researcher

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


For many User Experience Researchers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $73K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $101K. User Experience Researchers see a median salary of $122K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, User Experience Researchers in Menlo Park receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Experience Researchers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+28 percent), San Jose (+21 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). User Experience Researchers in Redmond take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Chicago (20 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%



National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 10%

User Research
up arrow 2%

Usability Testing
up arrow 1%

User Interface Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000



Market Research
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 13%
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