User Interface Designer Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States can expect wages of $63K annually on average. Cash earnings for User Interface Designers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $95K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of User Interface Designers (60 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of User Interface Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,263 - $89,466
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,678
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$14.70 - $62.32
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$15
$33
$62
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,263 - $89,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,718  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $5,000  
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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$39,790 - $94,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 744
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $62.32  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $64.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,718  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $5,000  
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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$39,790 - $94,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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 not the most common occurrence, User Interface Designers sometimes become Senior User Experience Designers, where the average income is $102K per year. It is quite typical for User Interface Designers to transition into roles as User Experience Designers or Interaction Designers, where reported median earnings are $11K 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 Microsoft Office, HTML, HTML5, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like JavaScript, jQuery, and Adobe Illustrator. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,082

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Interface Designers, 21 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+12 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an User Interface Designer's salary, with Kansas City User Interface Designers earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Employers in Portland and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries



National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 2%

HTML5
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

User Interface Design
0%

Web Design
0%

Dreamweaver
0%

National Average
$64,000

Graphic Design
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

Flash
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User Interface
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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