User Experience Researcher Salary

Average User Experience Researchers in the United States make around $80K per year. Total cash earnings of User Experience Researchers range from $54K on the low end to $130K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $19K and $20K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women User Experience Researchers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,012 - $121,218
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$54K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,148
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$24.01 - $58.35
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$58
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,012 - $121,218  
   
Bonus
$-0.47 - $18,533  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $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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$54,261 - $129,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 500
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$24.01 - $58.35  
   
Overtime
$36.76 - $85.67  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.47 - $18,533  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $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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$54,261 - $129,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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


Those at Google, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $125K.

Offering a median of only $91K, Microsoft Corp pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $53K on the lower end and $161K on the higher end.

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 End User Requirements Research, Usability Testing, User Research, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Market Research, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis. Those familiar with Usability Testing also tend to 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.


User Experience Researchers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $75K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $99K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $125K on average. User Experience Researchers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $139K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,225

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

With a pay rate for User Experience Researchers that is 48 percent greater than the national average, Menlo Park offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. User Experience Researchers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+33 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis User Experience Researchers earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Austin and Redmond also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 21 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


Usability Testing
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User Research
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National Average
$81,000

User Interface Design
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Market Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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