User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States pull down an average of $70K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of User Interface Designers (67 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most User Interface Designers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$43,563 - $101,867
(Median)
$44K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,370
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$15.51 - $74.65
(Median)
$16
$31
$75
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$43,563 - $101,867  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,339  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$43,016 - $109,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $74.65  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $122.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,339  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $4,913  
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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$43,016 - $109,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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 $76K.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and SQL. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator and HTML.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many User Interface Designers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $78K. User Interface Designers bring in $90K after working for 10 to 20 years. User Interface Designers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for User Interface Designers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent) and New York (+19 percent). In Portland, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Seattle and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%



National Average
$72,000


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



Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 4%

User Interface Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

HTML
0%

Web Development
0%

National Average
$72,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%


SQL
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%
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