User Experience Researchers in the United States can expect wages of $81K annually on average. Total cash compensation to User Experience Researchers bottoms out near $55K and approaches $131K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Women make up the majority of User Experience Researchers (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for User Experience Researchers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $81,223
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,528 - $123,719  
   
Bonus
$989 - $20,303  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $10,304  
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$54,992 - $130,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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Hourly Rate
$24.28 - $57.38  
   
Overtime
$31.21 - $87.39  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$989 - $20,303  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $10,304  
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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$54,992 - $130,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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Many User Experience Researchers can be found at Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. User Experience Researchers flock to Facebook Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $129K lead the pack in compensation; however, Facebook Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $94K at one end to $188K at the other end.

Popular Skills for User Experience Researcher


User Experience Researchers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in End User Requirements Research, User Research, Data Analysis, and Usability Testing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Market Research. Most people skilled in Usability Testing are similarly competent 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $75K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $96K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $139K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $128K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,446

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

User Experience Researchers in Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for User Experience Researchers. Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin User Experience Researchers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Dallas (20 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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

End User Requirements Research
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User Research
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Usability Testing
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Data Analysis
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$81,000

User Interface Design
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Research Analysis
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Market Research
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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
61%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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