User Interface Designers in the United States take home an average $65K annually. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of User Interface Designers spread between $41K and $94K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$41,903 - $88,206
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$88K
MEDIAN: $64,788
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$15.72 - $61.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$41,903 - $88,206  
   
Bonus
$978 - $9,009  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$41,373 - $93,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$978 - $9,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$41,373 - $93,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 do not often transition into Senior User Experience Designer roles. The role averages $103K per year. User Interface Designers typically move into roles as User Experience Designers or Interaction Designers, and those positions pay $9K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


Survey results imply that User Interface Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Interaction Design, User Interface Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design, and Adobe Illustrator. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $74K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,743

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

For User Interface Designers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+22 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Kansas City, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (16 percent lower) and Chicago (10 percent lower).

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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 56 votes.
052
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries

Interaction Design
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$66,000





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User Research
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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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