What does a User Experience Researcher do?

UX researchers provide answers to the challenging and often unknown questions about a product’s design by conducting various types of research, working with cross-functional teams, and assisting the entire user experience team to ensure a consumer has an experience with a product that is fun, intuitive, and accessible. UX researchers discover what users want from a product through research, collaboration with cross-functional teams, and performing usability studies. They are at the forefront of enacting change through oral and written presentations of their findings.

UX researchers perform market and ethnographic research and plan and implement user research strategies and methodologies. They present research findings to diverse audiences and mentor and coach junior UX researchers. They help the UX team understand what makes users more intuitive, accessible, and seamless. They ask questions, gather data, and analyze data performing market and ethnographic research and quantitative and qualitative research. UX researchers need a bachelor's degree or master's degree in a human behavior related field or equivalent and demonstrated work experience.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

User Experience Researcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$128,682 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $129K
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User Experience Researcher Career Path

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Insight GlobalInsight Global
User Experience Researcher
Nov 1, 2019

“Good communication and kind recruiter who helped me figure out my first job out of college!”

Blink UXBlink UX
User Experience Researcher
Mar 2, 2020

“It has been a great place to work and Blink has supported my career growth tremendously.”

Duo SecurityDuo Security
Design Researcher
Aug 20, 2020

“workers were all genuinely nice and sincere people whom I enjoyed working with.”

Nubank BrasilNubank Brasil
Senior User Experience Researcher
Jan 4, 2021

“Good compensation package but not the best in the market”

User Researcher
Apr 1, 2020

“Pay was fine but not really enough to live alone in London”

REEF TechnologyREEF Technology
User Experience Researcher
Jun 16, 2021

“It was obvious to me this was a dead end job by the end of my second week.”

Levi StraussLevi Strauss
Senior User Experience Researcher
Sep 8, 2020

“Unfortunately there wasn't much room for career growth on the user research team because it was so small.”

Senior User Experience Researcher
Jun 7, 2021

“Some much opportunity to shape and grow the product and my career.”

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