$100,304
Avg. Salary
$60.45
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$7,781

Bonus

$5,244

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer is $60.45 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer is $100,304 per year.

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$0$147K
Salary $76,837 - $136,558
Bonus $1,916 - $19,335
Profit Sharing $1,468 - $15,456
Total Pay (?
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$77,809 - $147,256
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,424
Hourly Data $0$118
Hourly Rate $33.89 - $97.21
Overtime $39.47 - $118
Annual Data $0$147K
Bonus $1,916 - $19,335
Profit Sharing $1,468 - $15,456
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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$77,809 - $147,256
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 97

Job Description

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


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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


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

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: $104,823

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).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior User Experience Designer?

Senior User Experience Designer in Orlando:
"Small market for designers."
Pros: I love the city
Cons: Not a lot of opportunity. When you find something great, you want to keep it.

Senior User Experience Designer in Washington:
"Careers are plenty, salaries are good."
Pros: Lots of career opportunity, healthy economy, close to the seat of governmen.
Cons: The traffic is horrendous, housing is rediculously expensive.

Senior User Experience Designer in Plano:
"Consider adding more skills..."
It's becoming rapidly important to have skills not only in the design aspects of UX design, but in the research, analysis, and development areas as well. Having hard skills like scripting or coding will vastly improve your value as a designer.

Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco:
"Don't be afraid to ask stupid questions."
The heart of this job is understanding what motivates people to do what they do. This involves digging into what might appear to be superficially obvious to get to a more fundamental truth. Ask questions, lots of questions. Don't be afraid to look stupid. People appreciate it when they feel like they are understood - they'll be happy to help you!

Senior User Experience Designer in Richmond:
"There are so many possibilities."
There are many different avenues you can take with this field. I enjoy this one the most as it wraps design with psychology & a more technical side.

Senior User Experience Designer in Boston:
"Stay up-to-date with trends."
Allocate time per week/month to learn and study new trends. It's important to stay ahead of the curve.

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Medical: 91%
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Dental: 87%
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Vision: 80%
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