User Experience Researcher Salary

Average User Experience Researchers in the United States make around $80K per year. In the world of User Experience Researchers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $19K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $56K and $128K. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most User Experience Researchers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of User Experience Researchers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,501 - $121,379
$56K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,363
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$24.83 - $49.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,501 - $121,379  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $20,096  
Profit Sharing
$850 - $18,500  
Total Pay (?
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$56,003 - $127,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$24.83 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$30.49 - $78.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,004 - $20,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $18,500  
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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$56,003 - $127,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous User Experience Researchers include Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Google, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc. Those at Facebook Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $131K.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


User Experience Researchers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Most people experienced in Usability Testing also know 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: $80,608

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

California cities Mountain View, Los Angeles, and San Jose are lucrative areas for User Experience Researchers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Dallas (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for User Experience Researcher

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 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
▲12%




User Interface Design
▼0%

National Average
$81,000



Market Research
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 14%
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