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User Experience Researcher Salary

User Experience Researchers in the United States pull down an average of $81K per year. Total cash earnings of User Experience Researchers range from $52K on the low end to $129K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $18K and $20K, respectively. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. The majority of User Experience Researchers (60 percent) who took the survey are female. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for User Experience Researchers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$52,791 - $120,381
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MEDIAN: $80,718
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,791 - $120,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,959  
Profit Sharing
$1,734 - $19,933  
Total Pay (?
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$52,365 - $128,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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Hourly Rate
$23.00 - $60.50  
   
Overtime
$27.88 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,734 - $19,933  
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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$52,365 - $128,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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


User Experience Researchers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Google, Inc., where the average salary comes to $125K.

Bringing up the rear, Microsoft Corp's median pay of $90K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $158K.

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, 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. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $74K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $101K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $120K. User Experience Researchers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $139K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for User Experience Researchers, Menlo Park offers exceptional salaries, 47 percent above the national average. User Experience Researchers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+19 percent), Mountain View (+19 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin User Experience Researchers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 21 percent less in Redmond and 20 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%



National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

End User Requirements Research
up arrow 7%

User Research
up arrow 2%

Usability Testing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$82,000

User Interface Design
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Market Research
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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