User Researcher Hourly Rate Ranges

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Researcher hourly rates in CA

Overview

We found that the hourly rates for a contract Qualitative User Researcher in Menlo Park, CA range between $19.74 and $110.10, for an average hourly salary of $64.90. While we were unable to find hourly rates regarding experience level, we were able to find salary figures and further broke down these figures to reflect an hourly rate.

Average Hourly Rates

Menlo Park data was not available through this particular source, however data for nearby San Francisco was. As such we used the data to illustrate the brake-down of salaries for the position of contract Qualitative User Researcher in the area.

Approximate hourly wages (calculated from yearly salaries) range from $30.84 to $70.72, assuming that the employee works 40 hours a week throughout the year (there are 52 weeks within an year).
These ranges include any bonuses and profit sharing included within the salaries.

According to a different source, that only listed a yearly salary for the position, the hourly lower range was $40.87 to $69.71, for an average of $55.29 an hour. It's safe to assume that with more experience and better education, the hourly wage would increase.

According to our last source, the average hourly rate for a Qualitative User Researcher in Menlo Park is $36.49. The lowest salary reported here was $19.74 per hour, with the highest being about $110 per hour.

Even though data on the break-down of salary relating to education was unavailable, we used all the gathered information to determine the hourly range of entry-level and experienced employees. As such, we determined that entry level qualitative researchers earned between $19.74 per hour and $65 per hour. On the other hand, experienced researchers earn between $38.4 and $70.72 per hour.

Employers

We were also able to find data according to a few major User Researcher employers, below are the findings:

This data puts the low range at $53.50 and the high range at $67.75, giving us an average hourly rate of $60.63.

Conclusion

In conclusion, with the varying data that we have found, hourly rates tend to start around the $40 mark, capping around the $70-$80. While many sources were only able to offer yearly salaries, we were able to break them down into an hourly salary. Even though nothing was mentioned about the correlation between the salary and the employee's education level, it was observed that the salary did increase considerably as the employee became more experienced. In fact an entry-level employee earns between $19.74 and $65 an hour, while an experienced researcher earns between $38.40 and $70.72 an hour.
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User Researcher Hourly Rates

While there is no preexisting information to fully answer your question, we've used the available data to pull together key findings: A User Researcher in San Francisco has an hourly wage of approximately $44.44 or a yearly salary of $92,445, while a Senior User Researcher has an estimated hourly wage of $56.72 or a yearly salary of $117,977. Limited information was available for contract user researchers, but sources indicates rates of $55-$96 per hour for a San Francisco contract researcher.

$92,445/ 2080 hours in a year= $44.44
$117,977/ 2080 hours in a year=$56.72

Below you'll find an outline of our research methodology to better understand why information you've requested is publicly unavailable, as well as a deep dive into our findings.

METHODOLOGY
To find the data requested, we have searched job posting portals such as Glassdoor and Indeed to find salary or hourly listings for relevant positions. We have also consulted industry sources, such as the User Experience Professional Association (UEPA), the Mixed Methods International Research Association, and the Interaction Design Foundation. While the UEPA offers some salary data, it is not broken down to the level of granularity requested. Then, we checked contract employment marketplaces, such as Upwork, but there were limited entries for user researchers, and none that specifically noted mixed methods research. We also checked LinkedIn for freelance or contractor profiles, but we found no listed pay rates. LinkedIn offers a median salary for User Experience Researcher of $100,000 per year, but no hourly data was provided.

A number of issues limited our ability to find the requested information. There are few job listings for Mixed Methods User Researcher, specifically, and the jobs that are posted do not typically offer information on salaries or hourly wages. Positions listed as User Researcher often mention both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as do mixed methods listings, so I am working under the assumption that these job titles are roughly equivalent.

Numerous job postings for Mixed Methods User Researcher, such as here and here, list a bachelor's degree with five years' relative experience and a master's degree with three years' relative experience as equivalent qualifications, which makes differences in hourly ranges difficult to identify.

We also attempted to find information that might suggest how contractor or consultant pay differs from that of a full-time employee, with the hope of triangulating the requested data, but those figures were unavailable as well.

FINDINGS
I located one contract UX Researcher job in Menlo Park that lists an hourly fee of $95 for someone with 5 years' experience, though it does not specify academic credentials. Also, a listing for a Contract User Researcher at Facebook in San Francisco suggests a rate of $57-$65 per hour. A similar listing for a Google Contract User Researcher shows a range of $55-$96 per hour. However, neither of these listings notes years of experience or level of education.

Glassdoor shows only one salary for a User Researcher in San Francisco, the closest location to Menlo Park that was available. That salary, for someone with 1-2 years' experience, is $112,000 per year. No hourly rate is offered, but using this figure, we can estimate approximately $53.84 per hour, based on a 40-hour work week (112,000 / 2080 hours).

According to Payscale, the median salary for a Senior User Researcher in the US is $99,981. For a User Experience Researcher, it lists a national median salary of $81,773. While Menlo Park data was not available, Payscale shows a San Francisco median salary of $92,445 for a User Experience Researcher, which is 18% higher than the national average. If we apply this percentage to the Senior User Researcher data, we get a San Francisco salary of $117,977.58. These salary figures do not include bonuses or other benefits.

99,981 x .18= 17,996.58 (99,981+17,996.58= $117,977.58)

Payscale does not offer hourly rates, but we can estimate those by using the yearly salary and the hours per year, based on a 40-hour work week (2080 hours).

• For a User Researcher, the rate can be estimated to be $44.44 per hour (92,455 / 2080 hours).
• For a Senior User Researcher in San Francisco, the rate would be approximately $56.72 per hour (117,977 / 2080 hours).

Other California cities have higher median pay for User Experience Research with Mountain View at 35% higher, Los Angeles at 30% higher, and San Jose at 27% higher.

Job portal Indeed shows $53.88 per hour as the average for a San Francisco User Researcher, noting that it is 16% higher than the national average. However, it offers no insight into years of experience or academic credentials.

CONCLUSION
In conclusion, the publicly available data suggests that a Mixed Methods User Researcher likely earns around $44.44 per hour, while a Senior Mixed Methods User Researcher may earn between $56.72 and $95.00 per hour.
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User Researcher Hourly Rates

While there is no preexisting information to fully answer your question, we've used the available data to pull together key findings: A User Researcher in San Francisco has an hourly wage of approximately $44.44 or a yearly salary of $92,445, while a Senior User Researcher has an estimated hourly wage of $56.72 or a yearly salary of $117,977. Limited information was available for contract user researchers, but sources indicates rates of $55-$96 per hour for a San Francisco contract researcher.

$92,445/ 2080 hours in a year= $44.44
$117,977/ 2080 hours in a year=$56.72

Below you'll find an outline of our research methodology to better understand why information you've requested is publicly unavailable, as well as a deep dive into our findings.

METHODOLOGY
To find the data requested, we have searched job posting portals such as Glassdoor and Indeed to find salary or hourly listings for relevant positions. We have also consulted industry sources, such as the User Experience Professional Association (UEPA), the Mixed Methods International Research Association, and the Interaction Design Foundation. While the UEPA offers some salary data, it is not broken down to the level of granularity requested. Then, we checked contract employment marketplaces, such as Upwork, but there were limited entries for user researchers, and none that specifically noted mixed methods research. We also checked LinkedIn for freelance or contractor profiles, but we found no listed pay rates. LinkedIn offers a median salary for User Experience Researcher of $100,000 per year, but no hourly data was provided.

A number of issues limited our ability to find the requested information. There are few job listings for Mixed Methods User Researcher, specifically, and the jobs that are posted do not typically offer information on salaries or hourly wages. Positions listed as User Researcher often mention both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as do mixed methods listings, so I am working under the assumption that these job titles are roughly equivalent.

Numerous job postings for Mixed Methods User Researcher, such as here and here, list a bachelor's degree with five years' relative experience and a master's degree with three years' relative experience as equivalent qualifications, which makes differences in hourly ranges difficult to identify.

We also attempted to find information that might suggest how contractor or consultant pay differs from that of a full-time employee, with the hope of triangulating the requested data, but those figures were unavailable as well.

FINDINGS
I located one contract UX Researcher job in Menlo Park that lists an hourly fee of $95 for someone with 5 years' experience, though it does not specify academic credentials. Also, a listing for a Contract User Researcher at Facebook in San Francisco suggests a rate of $57-$65 per hour. A similar listing for a Google Contract User Researcher shows a range of $55-$96 per hour. However, neither of these listings notes years of experience or level of education.

Glassdoor shows only one salary for a User Researcher in San Francisco, the closest location to Menlo Park that was available. That salary, for someone with 1-2 years' experience, is $112,000 per year. No hourly rate is offered, but using this figure, we can estimate approximately $53.84 per hour, based on a 40-hour work week (112,000 / 2080 hours).

According to Payscale, the median salary for a Senior User Researcher in the US is $99,981. For a User Experience Researcher, it lists a national median salary of $81,773. While Menlo Park data was not available, Payscale shows a San Francisco median salary of $92,445 for a User Experience Researcher, which is 18% higher than the national average. If we apply this percentage to the Senior User Researcher data, we get a San Francisco salary of $117,977.58. These salary figures do not include bonuses or other benefits.

99,981 x .18= 17,996.58 (99,981+17,996.58= $117,977.58)

Payscale does not offer hourly rates, but we can estimate those by using the yearly salary and the hours per year, based on a 40-hour work week (2080 hours).

• For a User Researcher, the rate can be estimated to be $44.44 per hour (92,455 / 2080 hours).
• For a Senior User Researcher in San Francisco, the rate would be approximately $56.72 per hour (117,977 / 2080 hours).

Other California cities have higher median pay for User Experience Research with Mountain View at 35% higher, Los Angeles at 30% higher, and San Jose at 27% higher.

Job portal Indeed shows $53.88 per hour as the average for a San Francisco User Researcher, noting that it is 16% higher than the national average. However, it offers no insight into years of experience or academic credentials.

CONCLUSION
In conclusion, the publicly available data suggests that a Mixed Methods User Researcher likely earns around $44.44 per hour, while a Senior Mixed Methods User Researcher may earn between $56.72 and $95.00 per hour.
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