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User Interface Designer Salary

Median pay for User Interface Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $61K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of User Interface Designers spread between $38K and $94K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more male User Interface Designers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,407 - $89,704
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,308
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$14.81 - $59.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,407 - $89,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,686  
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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$38,096 - $94,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $59.60  
   
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 - $9,686  
   
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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$38,096 - $94,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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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Though it's uncommon, some User Interface Designers move into roles as Senior User Experience Designers, where pay is an average $103K per year. Career advancement for the typical User Interface Designer often leads to becoming an User Experience Designer or an Interaction Designer; median salaries in these positions are $14K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


Survey takers working as User Interface Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Design, HTML5, Microsoft Office, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Flash, JavaScript, and jQuery. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know 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 26 percent. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Jose (+15 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Kansas City and Chicago (24 percent lower and 5 percent lower, 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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 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%
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