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User Interface Designer Salary (United States)

Over one-half of User Interface Designers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $60K per year on average. Total incomes of User Interface Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $95K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of User Interface Designers (66 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most User Interface Designers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
User Interface Designer Salary (?
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$38,240 - $91,104
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MEDIAN: $60,478
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User Interface Designer Salary (?
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$14.99 - $51.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,240 - $91,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,902  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,728  
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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$36,999 - $95,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 491
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $51.39  
   
Overtime
$21.02 - $66.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,902  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,728  
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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$36,999 - $95,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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.

User Interface Designer Job Listings

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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 Microsoft Office, HTML, Graphic Design, and jQuery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Web Design, and Dreamweaver. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$62,000
Boston
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Dallas
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Rochester
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for User Interface Designers, 24 percent higher than the national average. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and San Jose (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Rochester, which sits 31 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Chicago and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries

Microsoft Office
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HTML
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Graphic Design
0%
jQuery
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National Average
$62,000
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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User Interface
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Flash
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Adobe Photoshop
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User Interface Design
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Web Development
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JavaScript
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Web Design
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%