For User Experience Researchers, annual average wages total $81K per year. Total cash compensation to User Experience Researchers bottoms out near $55K and approaches $129K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the particular employer are influential factors as well. More than half of User Experience Researchers (65 percent) survey participants are women. For the most part, User Experience Researchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$55,345 - $122,925
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$24.24 - $50.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,345 - $122,925  
   
Bonus
$981 - $20,096  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $12,255  
Total Pay (?
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$55,226 - $128,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $50.98  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $69.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$981 - $20,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $12,255  
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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$55,226 - $128,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for User Experience Researcher


Dominating the field, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of User Experience Researchers. Facebook Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $131K on average.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


Survey results show that User Experience Researchers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Research, Data Analysis, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Market Research. Most people experienced in 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $75K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $95K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $140K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $128K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,047

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

For User Experience Researchers, Mountain View, San Jose, and Los Angeles, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Dallas (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for User Experience Researcher

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
060
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries



Data Analysis
0%

User Interface Design
0%

National Average
$81,000



Market Research
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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