User Interface Designer Salary

The average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $63K per year. Total cash compensation for User Interface Designers runs from $40K to $95K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. More than half of User Interface Designers (60 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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$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 (?
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
$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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It's not very common for User Interface Designers to move on to become Senior User Experience Designers. Average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer is $102K annually. User Experience Designers or Interaction Designers are common next-step roles for User Interface Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for User Experience Designers is $11K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Interaction Designers.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


User Interface Designers seem to exploit 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript, jQuery, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,082

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

For those looking to make money, User Interface Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+12 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). User Interface Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — User Interface Designers in Kansas City bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Portland and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

User Interface Design
0%

Web Design
0%

Dreamweaver
0%

National Average
$64,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

Flash
up arrow 3%

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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