User Experience Researcher Salary

The average User Experience Researcher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $82K per year. Overall cash earnings for User Experience Researchers stretch from $53K on the lower end to $130K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $18K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for User Experience Researchers is high. Women account for the majority of User Experience Researchers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$52,993 - $121,292
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MEDIAN: $81,555
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$23.40 - $63.87
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Salary
$52,993 - $121,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,154  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $20,000  
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$52,615 - $130,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
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Hourly Rate
$23.40 - $63.87  
   
Overtime
$40.69 - $68.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,154  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $20,000  
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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$52,615 - $130,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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.

Offering a median salary of only $91K, Microsoft Corp gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $64K 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, Usability Testing, Research Analysis, and User Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Market Research and Data Analysis, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


For many User Experience Researchers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $76K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $100K. User Experience Researchers bring in $121K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $139K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For User Experience Researchers, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Jose, Mountain View, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for User Experience Researchers. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with User Experience Researchers in Redmond earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Austin (21 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%



National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 7%

Usability Testing
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

User Research
0%

National Average
$83,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Market Research
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%