User Experience Researcher Salary

User Experience Researchers in the United States take home an average $80K annually. In the world of User Experience Researchers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $53K and $129K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most User Experience Researchers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women User Experience Researchers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,993 - $120,658
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$53K
$80K
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MEDIAN: $79,949
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$23.15 - $57.19
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,993 - $120,658  
   
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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$52,549 - $128,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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 - $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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$52,549 - $128,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


For User Experience Researchers, comfortable salaries can be found at Google, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $125K, the highest in the area.

With a median salary of only $90K, Microsoft Corp pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $53K to $158K isn't that wide, either.

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, User Research, Usability Testing, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Market Research, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis. Most people familiar with Usability Testing also know User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Researcher

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


User Experience Researchers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $74K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $101K. After working for 10 to 20 years, User Experience Researchers make a median salary of $122K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $139K.

Pay Difference by Location


Menlo Park offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Experience Researchers, 48 percent above the national average. User Experience Researchers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+27 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with User Experience Researchers in Austin earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Redmond and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%



National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 9%

User Research
up arrow 1%

Usability Testing
up arrow 1%

User Interface Design
0%

National Average
$81,000



Market Research
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 14%
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