User Interface Designer Salary

Pay for User Interface Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. Overall cash earnings for User Interface Designers vary widely between $42K and $94K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, User Interface Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of User Interface Designers (51 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,641 - $89,317
$43K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,760
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50%
90%

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$15.72 - $61.04
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$32
$61
MEDIAN: $31.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,641 - $89,317  
   
Bonus
$965 - $9,894  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$41,605 - $94,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 441
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $61.04  
   
Overtime
$23.15 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$965 - $9,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$41,605 - $94,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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

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

Common Career Paths for User Interface Designer


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User Interface Designers sometimes assume positions such as Senior User Experience Designers. That role pays $103K per year on average. It is quite typical for User Interface Designers to transition into roles as User Experience Designers or Interaction Designers, where reported median earnings are $9K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


User Interface Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Interaction Design, Cascading Style Sheets, and User Research are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Development, Adobe InDesign, and Graphic Design. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for User Interface Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, User Interface Designers make a median salary of $83K. User Interface Designers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,737

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, User Interface Designers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+22 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). User Interface Designers earn a smaller-than-average sum in the Midwest: In particular, Kansas City, Detroit, and Chicago have pay rates lower than anywhere else in the country, all facing salaries below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Detroit and Chicago (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for User Interface Designer

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries

▲27%

Late-Career
▲16%

▲11%

National Average
$66,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$66,000






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▼5%

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▼6%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

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: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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