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User Interface Designer Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States take home an average $61K per year. Cash earnings for User Interface Designers — including $10K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $94K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for User Interface Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of User Interface Designers (65 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,215 - $89,704
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$39K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $61,185
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$14.87 - $51.28
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MEDIAN: $30
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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,215 - $89,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,642  
Profit Sharing
$185.00 - $6,750  
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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$37,910 - $94,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 566
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $51.28  
   
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 - $9,642  
   
Profit Sharing
$185.00 - $6,750  
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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$37,910 - $94,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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User Interface Designers who advance into the role of a Senior User Experience Designer are fairly uncommon. Senior User Experience Designers on average earn $102K per year. Typical career progression for an User Interface Designer involves becoming an User Experience Designer or an Interaction Designer, roles that pay $14K more and $13K more on average.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


User Interface Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Web Design, HTML5, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, JavaScript, and Flash. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference by Location


User Interface Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). User Interface Designers in Rochester take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Workers in Kansas City and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (27 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries



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HTML
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Graphic Design
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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$62,000

User Interface Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Dreamweaver
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Web Development
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JavaScript
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 16%