UPA 2007 Salary Survey Results


February this year, UPA (Usability Professionals Association) release their 2007 salary survey results. For some of you who are not familiar with UPA:

The Usability Professionals’ Association supports usability specialists, people from all aspects of human-centered
design, and the broad family of disciplines that create the user experience in promoting the design and
development of usable products.

The survey has some interesting results from both the type of work UX professionals do in their daily job and how well they are compensated over time, across country and by gender. For example, in the graph below, the top 5 activities most UX Pro do are expert review, informal usability testing, user research, interface/interaction design, and prototyping. It's a good indication for someone who wants to get into the UX field, showing experience in these core skill areas is very important.

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Canadian UX pros seem to be somewhat under paid compared to the people working in the US by looking at the graph below, especially since our currency and cost of living are similar.

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However, if you look at salary change over time by country, UX professionals in Canada has the most average salary increase (> $15,000) among countries with sufficient survey sample size.

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The survey also indicates that “gender gap” - the difference in average and median salaries between men and women – has
narrowed. The average salary for men increased $2,878 from late 2005 to late 2007; women’s average salary rose more than
twice this amount, or $6,384. (Median salary for men increased $5,000; for women, $7,000.) This is a healthy tread I'm pleased to see.

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