2000 UPA Member Profile and Salary Survey

The goal of the 2000 Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) Member Profile and Salary Survey was to gather information that would enable the association to understand the make-up of the membership in order to ensure their needs are being met. The survey collected the following information about UPA members:

The survey was conducted from Nov. 9, 2000 to Dec. 15, 2000. A total of 573 UPA members responded to the survey; 540 respondents provided salary information. See the Appendix for additional background information on the survey.

1. Summary Graphs:

2. Data behind the graphs

3. Download Survey in Adobe Acrobat format (80Kb).


Graphical Results

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Salary factors: The average salary of the respondents who answered the salary question was $74,838. (not including consultants.)

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The average salary of Usability Practitioners was $70,094. (not including consultants.)

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Usability Practitioners' Salaries by Experience

  • The average salary for all male respondents was $80,052; the average salary for all female respondents was $70,820.

  • The lowest salary reported was $16,800. The highest salary included in the survey was $250,000. In the salary statistics, we didn't include data from the 56 consultants who responded. Also, two of the salary responses that were over $500,000 were not included, so as to not unduly skew the averages.

  • Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed report that they feel they're fairly compensated.

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    Usability Practitioners' Salaries by Education Level


    Gender: Fifty-seven percent of the respondents were female and 43 percent were male.

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    Age: Seventy-five percent of the respondents fell into the 26-to-45 age range.

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    Education: Forty-two percent of the respondents have earned at least a Master's degree,

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    Geography - Inside the U.S.

    The locations of the 491 respondents who indicated that their primary work location is in the U.S. are distributed as shown in the chart below:

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    Geography - Outside the U.S.

    The locations of the 75 respondents who indicated that their primary work location is outside the U.S. are distributed as shown in the chart below:

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    Usability career factors:

    Appendix:     Details supporting the graphs above.


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