User Interface Designer Salary

An average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $62K annually. Final cash compensation to User Interface Designers varies from around $38K to approximately $94K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male User Interface Designers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for User Interface Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,727 - $89,365
(Median)
$40K
$62K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,716
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$14.73 - $58.47
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,727 - $89,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,762  
Profit Sharing
$175.17 - $7,272  
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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$38,490 - $93,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.73 - $58.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,762  
   
Profit Sharing
$175.17 - $7,272  
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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$38,490 - $93,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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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There are some User Interface Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior User Experience Designers, where earnings are an average $102K annually. A common career progression for an User Interface Designer is to become an User Experience Designer or an Interaction Designer. Compared to User Interface Designers, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


User Interface Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in HTML5, Microsoft Office, Graphic Design, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include jQuery, JavaScript, and Flash. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, User Interface Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Kansas City User Interface Designers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (6 percent less) and Dallas (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer Salaries



National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect User Interface Designer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%
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