User Experience Researcher Salary

User Experience Researchers in the United States take home approximately $82K annually on average. Final cash compensation to User Experience Researchers varies from around $56K to approximately $130K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $24K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. For the most part, User Experience Researchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of User Experience Researchers (67 percent) who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$55,620 - $121,588
$56K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,019
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$21.27 - $57.93
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$0$128K
Salary $55,620 - $121,588
Bonus $510 - $19,878
Profit Sharing $1,021 - $29,361
Total Pay (?
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$55,306 - $128,646
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 541
Hourly Data $0$87
Hourly Rate $21.27 - $57.93
Overtime $22.67 - $87.26
Annual Data $0$128K
Bonus $510 - $19,878
Profit Sharing $1,021 - $29,361
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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$55,306 - $128,646
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 78

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

  • Interact with clients to determine requirements and set expectations.
  • Analyze and report on user data to inform design and deployment.
  • Create user scenarios and stories to coordinate with other teams.
  • Design and lead user focus groups and data collection.

User Experience Researcher Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for User Experience Researcher


Dominating the field, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Google, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of User Experience Researchers. For User Experience Researchers, comfortable salaries can be found at Facebook Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $131K, the highest in the area.

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 User Experience Design, End User Requirements Research, User Research, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Market Research and Research Analysis. For most people, competency in Usability Testing indicates knowledge of User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Experience Researcher

Pay by Experience for a User Experience Researcher has a positive trend. An entry-level User Experience Researcher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 413 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A User Experience Researcher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 130 salaries. An experienced User Experience Researcher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $136,000 based on 46 salaries. A User Experience Researcher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,249

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

For User Experience Researchers, Mountain View, Los Angeles, and San Jose, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. One of the biggest compensable factors for User Experience Researchers is geography, with workers in Austin earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Philadelphia and 12 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

User Experience Researcher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an User Experience Researcher?

User Experience Researcher in Chicago:
"Teamwork, demanding schedule, demanding clients."
Pros: The coworkers, creative space.
Cons: No work-life balance.

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Key Stats for User Experience Researcher

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects User Experience Researcher Salaries

▲65%

▲55%

▲16%

National Average
$82,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect User Experience Researcher Salaries

User Experience (UX) Design
▲9%


National Average
$82,000



User Interface Design
▼2%



Market Research
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 13%