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User Interface Designer Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States pull down an average of $61K annually. Total cash compensation to User Interface Designers bottoms out near $37K and approaches $95K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than half of User Interface Designers (66 percent) survey respondents are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$38,823 - $90,152
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MEDIAN: $60,846
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$14.87 - $54.63
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,823 - $90,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,803  
Profit Sharing
$171.14 - $7,450  
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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$37,346 - $94,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $54.63  
   
Overtime
$21.02 - $66.32  
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 - $9,803  
   
Profit Sharing
$171.14 - $7,450  
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).
)
$37,346 - $94,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for User Interface Designer

User interface designers are members of a software development team. They are responsible for creating and arranging the elements of a software’s user interface (the part of the program that the end-user will see and interact with). A user interface designer is sometimes hired under other names as well, such as user experience (or UX for short) designer and user interaction designer.

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User Interface Designer Tasks

  • Conduct ongoing research of web-based user interface development best practices.
  • Build storyboards, proof-of-concept mockups, demos and prototypes of proposed features.
  • Follow user interface design standards for applications to maintain an integrated and consistent look and feel.

Common Career Paths for User Interface Designer


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It's not very common for User Interface Designers to move on to become Senior User Experience Designers. Average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer is $103K annually. Typical career progression for an User Interface Designer involves becoming an User Experience Designer or an Interaction Designer, roles that pay $15K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


User Interface Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, HTML, jQuery, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Dreamweaver, and JavaScript. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for User Interface Designers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+22 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). User Interface Designers in Rochester earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Chicago and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries

HTML
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

jQuery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Web Design
up arrow 1%

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%

User Interface
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%


up arrow 5%

JavaScript
up arrow 6%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%