User Experience Researcher Salary

Median pay for User Experience Researchers in the United States is around $80K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to User Experience Researchers can bottom out near $55K or peak near $128K depending on individual performance. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of User Experience Researchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of User Experience Researchers (65 percent) who took the survey are female. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$55,367 - $121,292
$55K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,422
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$21.72 - $50.34
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MEDIAN: $35.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,367 - $121,292  
   
Bonus
$993 - $20,156  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $12,365  
Total Pay (?
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$55,226 - $127,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.72 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $69.04  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$993 - $20,156  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $12,365  
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 - $127,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of User Experience Researchers, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Google, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Facebook Inc — the median salary there is $131K.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


Survey results suggest that User Experience Researchers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in User Experience Design, End User Requirements Research, User Research, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Market Research and Research Analysis. For most people, competency in Usability Testing indicates knowledge of User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Researcher

Pay by Experience for a User Experience Researcher has a positive trend. An entry-level User Experience Researcher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 413 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A User Experience Researcher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 130 salaries. An experienced User Experience Researcher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $136,000 based on 46 salaries. A User Experience Researcher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,754

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

User Experience Researchers in Mountain View, Los Angeles, and San Jose — the highest-paid cities for User Experience Researchers in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Employers in Philadelphia and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 11 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 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

▲69%

▲58%

▲18%

National Average
$81,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

User Experience (UX) Design
▲11%




User Interface Design
▼0%

National Average
$81,000



Market Research
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 14%
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