Entry-Level User Experience Designer Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, just under nine in ten of Entry-Level User Experience Designers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $67,746 per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. A strong majority enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Entry-Level User Experience Designers are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 56 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level User Experience Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level User Experience Designer Salary (?
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$43,652 - $94,808
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MEDIAN: $67,351
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Entry-Level User Experience Designer Salary (?
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$17.52 - $54.32
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$43,652 - $94,808  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,988  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $4,943  
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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$42,825 - $99,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.52 - $54.32  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $57.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,988  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $4,943  
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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$42,825 - $99,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level User Experience Designer

Microsoft Corp pays the most with a median salary of $87,584. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $77,306. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $70,023 to $95,876.

Pay Difference By Location

Mountain View
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San Jose
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Washington
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National Average
$68,000
Los Angeles
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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There's tons of opportunity for Entry-Level User Experience Designers in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco all offer salaries above the national rate. San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (-15 percent) and Atlanta (-15 percent).
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level User Experience Designer Salaries

JavaScript
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Interaction Design, IT Applications
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Interaction Design
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User Research
0%
Usability Testing
0%
National Average
$68,000
User Interface Design
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Information Architecture
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Adobe Photoshop
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Design
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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%