Senior User Experience Designer Salary

On average, Senior User Experience Designers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($100K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses approaching $18K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $51K, overall incomes of Senior User Experience Designers spread between $78K and $145K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior User Experience Designers. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. Male Senior User Experience Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field.

$77,831 - $135,737
$78K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,403
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50%
90%

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$30.41 - $99.22
$30
$61
$99
MEDIAN: $60.65
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$0$145K
Salary $77,831 - $135,737
Bonus $960 - $17,557
Profit Sharing $1,987 - $19,866
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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$78,621 - $145,379
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 660
Hourly Data $0$99
Hourly Rate $30.41 - $99.22
Overtime $71.25
Annual Data $0$145K
Bonus $960 - $17,557
Profit Sharing $1,987 - $19,866
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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$78,621 - $145,379
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 51

Job Description for Senior User Experience Designer

A senior user experience designer is a team leader who works with designers, product engineers, and product managers to create a friendly and intuitive user experience architecture. The senior user experience designer starts with a solid understanding of human cognitive science; by understanding how human beings think and operate, the designer can determine the broad framework for how the user experience should be for the company's product. These senior professionals work with the design team to create wireframes, mockups, and prototypes to demonstrate interaction and design concepts. Senior designers then help implement the interaction and design concepts into the company product by working alongside the product engineers. Finally, the senior user experience designer works with product managers to continually pursue customer satisfaction with usability studies and testing.

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Senior User Experience Designer Tasks

  • Create user-focused designs informed by market analysis, customer feedback and requirements, and user research analytics.
  • Design mock-ups and click-through prototypes as necessary for each product.
  • Develop example high-level requirements, conceptual diagrams, and visual interface designs.
  • Create key design deliverables specific to each product, such as scenarios and use-cases.

Common Career Paths for Senior User Experience Designer


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Senior User Experience Designers who move on to become User Experience Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as User Experience Directors get paid an average of $132K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior User Experience Designer


Senior User Experience Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in User Experience Design, JavaScript, User Research, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, Graphic Design, and Cascading Style Sheets. Those proficient in Interaction Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Information Architecture and Usability Testing. Most people skilled in User Interface Design are similarly competent in Usability Testing and Information Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior User Experience Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior User Experience Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior User Experience Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 221 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior User Experience Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 480 salaries. An experienced Senior User Experience Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 324 salaries. A Senior User Experience Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,631

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

Senior User Experience Designers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Diego represent the three top-paying cities for Senior User Experience Designers in the United States. The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Denver (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior User Experience Designer

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

▲23%

▲4%

National Average
$105,000

▼3%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 8%