User Experience Director Salary

User Experience Directors in the United States take home approximately $129K annually on average. Total cash compensation to User Experience Directors approaches anywhere from $95K on the lower end to $183K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men working as User Experience Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$92,573 - $169,643
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$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $130,511
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$0$185K
Salary $92,573 - $169,643
Bonus $4,993 - $30,272
Profit Sharing $3,931 - $20,482
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$96,570 - $185,875
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 320

Job Description for User Experience Director

User experience directors are in charge of overseeing user experience features for software on behalf of their organization. They are responsible for facilitating communication among user experience professionals, as well as helping design products and/or applications using customer feedback and market trends. One of this director's main duties includes creating an engaging user experience to increase customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. They develop design specifications using diagrams and other visual aids, as well as collaborate with internal teams to form cohesive concepts for release. They research user feedback during testing and lead a team to establish and deploy an effective design process.

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User Experience Director Tasks

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate studies to understand and improve user experience, documenting requirements.
  • Work directly with clients to identify requirements and ensure a positive experience.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise a team of designers and user experts.
  • Create mock-ups and track metrics related to identifiable factors that change user experience.
  • Create and implement strategies that improve user experience through design.

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Popular Skills for User Experience Director


User Experience Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership and Strategy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and Web Development also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Interaction Design are also skilled in Information Architecture and User Research.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Director

Pay by Experience for a User Experience Director has a positive trend. An entry-level User Experience Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 35 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A User Experience Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 101 salaries. An experienced User Experience Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 245 salaries. A User Experience Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $153,000 based on 59 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $138,521

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

With a pay rate for User Experience Directors that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. User Experience Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (14 percent less) and Austin (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for User Experience Director

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
59%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects User Experience Director Salaries

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$139,000

▼11%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect User Experience Director Salaries

Team Leadership
▲21%

Strategy
▲8%



Strategy Development
▲1%


National Average
$139,000






Web Development
▼12%

Web Design
▼23%

Project Management
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
59%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 7%