Entry-Level User Experience Designer Salary

For Entry-Level User Experience Designers, annual average wages total $67K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Entry-Level User Experience Designers spread between $44K and $99K depending on individual performance. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Entry-Level User Experience Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,989 - $94,640
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$44K
$67K
$95K
MEDIAN: $67,459
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$17.04 - $54.54
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$17
$29
$55
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$43,989 - $94,640  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,058  
Profit Sharing
$123.65 - $5,096  
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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$43,536 - $99,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,776
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.04 - $54.54  
   
Overtime
$23.71 - $58.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$123.65 - $5,096  
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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$43,536 - $99,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level User Experience Designer


Although the highest salaries can be found at Microsoft Corp where median pay is $97K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $68K and $118K.

Salaries are easily beat at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where median pay comes to just $77K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $64K and ending at $96K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to Entry-Level User Experience Designers in the rest of the country, Entry-Level User Experience Designers in Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Atlanta (13 percent less).

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User Experience Designer in Raleigh:
"Stop doing... Start listening."
Listen more than you talk. I am amazed at the number of times I see people completely miss the point someone is trying to make because they are trying harder to make their own point. If you are in the UX business you have to gather told of information and really understand that information so you can make clear decisions that will influence the way people interact with your products.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level User Experience Designer Salaries


Interaction Design
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User Research
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Interaction Design, IT Applications
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Usability Testing
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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User Interface Design
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National Average
$68,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Information Architecture
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Design
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HTML
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Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%
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