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User Experience Researcher Salary

Median pay for User Experience Researchers in the United States is around $81K annually. Cash earnings for User Experience Researchers — which occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $53K to approximately $129K. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and geographic location are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, User Experience Researchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. User Experience Researchers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,184 - $120,679
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$53K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,269
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$23.40 - $63.87
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$53,184 - $120,679  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,058  
Profit Sharing
$1,734 - $19,933  
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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$52,756 - $129,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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Hourly Rate
$23.40 - $63.87  
   
Overtime
$40.69 - $68.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,734 - $19,933  
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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$52,756 - $129,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $125K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Microsoft Corp — the median salary there is $91K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $64K and $158K.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


User Experience Researchers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Market Research and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Usability Testing are 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of User Experience Researchers. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $75K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $101K. On average, User Experience Researchers make $121K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $139K.

Pay Difference by Location


For User Experience Researchers, San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. User Experience Researchers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — User Experience Researchers in Redmond bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (21 percent less) and Austin (19 percent less).

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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%



National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 7%

Usability Testing
up arrow 2%

User Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$82,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Market Research
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%
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