User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary
The average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $69K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of User Interface Designers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The majority of the work for this position occurs in a typical office setting during regular business hours. However, there may be long hours during some phases of the development cycle and/or approaching important deadlines.
A bachelor's degree in cognitive psychology, industrial engineering, human computer interactions or a related area is expected for this position. A strong background in user interface development is expected, as is a technical background in developing software on desktop, online and mobile platforms in multiple development environments.
User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Tasks
- Conduct user and design research including: usability studies, ethnographic field research, user surveys, prototype testing, competitive product analysis, and latest industry & design trend research.
- Develops design concepts and user interface designs.
- Create and be accountable for the user interaction model, workflows, information architecture, prototypes, and guidelines for user interfaces.
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User Interface Designers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $64K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $75K on average. On average, User Interface Designers make $88K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $113K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for User Interface Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+30 percent), Charlotte (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Portland and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).