User Interface Designer Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K per year. In the world of User Interface Designers, overall income ranges from $39K near the bottom to $94K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. More than half of User Interface Designers (63 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is enjoyable for User Interface Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$14.91 - $61.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,814 - $89,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,738  
Profit Sharing
$164.83 - $6,183  
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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$39,156 - $94,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $61.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,738  
   
Profit Sharing
$164.83 - $6,183  
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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$39,156 - $94,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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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While not commonly seen, User Interface Designers who transition into a Senior User Experience Designer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior User Experience Designers is $102K per year. The most common next step for an User Interface Designer is to become an User Experience Designer or an Interaction Designer. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $12K more per year.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer


Survey takers working as User Interface Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, HTML5, Web Design, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include JavaScript, jQuery, and Flash. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, User Interface Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). User Interface Designers in Kansas City report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Chicago (6 percent lower).

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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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Web Design
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HTML
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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