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User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary (United States)

User Interface Designers in the United States pull down an average of $70K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for User Interface Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. User Interface Designers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 69 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary (?
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$43,634 - $101,513
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MEDIAN: $70,105
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User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary (?
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$15.51 - $76.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,634 - $101,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,252  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $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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$43,317 - $112,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $76.98  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $121.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,252  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $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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$43,317 - $112,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Job Description for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

The user interface designer for computer software applications ensures that the user experience is seamless, sensible, and functional. On a day-to-day basis, these professionals use their technical skills in software development and their ability to understand the user experience. User interface designers must collect and analyze information on user interface and usage; they use this data on user needs and expectations to communicate with and direct development teams, so those teams can improve software applications for users. In addition to gathering user feedback, these designers often must develop or improve processes that the organization uses to asses the user's experience and reaction to the software interface.
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User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Tasks
  • Create and be accountable for the user interaction model, workflows, information architecture, prototypes, and guidelines for user interfaces.
  • Develops design concepts and user interface designs.
  • Conduct user and design research including: usability studies, ethnographic field research, user surveys, prototype testing, competitive product analysis, and latest industry & design trend research.

Common Career Paths for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

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User Interface Designers who go on to become User Experience Designers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an User Experience Designer, an upper-level role, pays $77K.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, User Interface, Microsoft Word, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know Adobe Illustrator and HTML. Those familiar with User Interface Design tend to be well versed in HTML and Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $78K. User Interface Designers see a median salary of $89K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $107K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Interface Designers, 21 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent) and San Francisco (+12 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
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$71,000

Skills That Affect User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Windows Operating System General Use
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User Interface Design
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe Illustrator
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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JavaScript
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HTML
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National Average
$71,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Office
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Web Development
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%