User Experience Researcher Salary

User Experience Researchers in the United States pull down an average of $81K annually. Cash earnings for User Experience Researchers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing — stretch from around $56K to approximately $130K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of User Experience Researchers (66 percent) who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,824 - $122,999
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MEDIAN: $81,338
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$23.15 - $56.62
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$0$129K
Salary $55,824 - $122,999
Bonus $993 - $19,988
Profit Sharing $1,216 - $24,658
Total Pay (?
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$56,020 - $129,976
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 497
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $23.15 - $56.62
Overtime $30.14 - $88.77
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $993 - $19,988
Profit Sharing $1,216 - $24,658
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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$56,020 - $129,976
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 70

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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.

User Experience Researcher Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for User Experience Researcher


Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Google, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc are among the top companies that take on many User Experience Researchers. 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 seem to require a number of specific 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. Most people who know 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: $81,584

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

For User Experience Researchers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — Mountain View, Los Angeles, and San Jose — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. Austin is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Dallas (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

User Experience Researcher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an User Experience Researcher?

User Experience Researcher in Chicago:
"Teamwork, demanding schedule, demanding clients."
Pros: The coworkers, creative space.
Cons: No work-life balance.

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Key Stats for User Experience Researcher

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

▲67%

▲56%

▲17%

National Average
$82,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

User Experience (UX) Design
▲10%




National Average
$82,000

User Interface Design
▼1%



Market Research
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 13%
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