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User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

An average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male User Interface Designers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,180 - $101,620
(Median)
$43K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,778
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$18.74 - $77.47
(Median)
$19
$33
$77
MEDIAN: $33.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,180 - $101,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,339  
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $4,500  
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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$42,978 - $112,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$18.74 - $77.47  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $122.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,339  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $4,500  
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).
)
$42,978 - $112,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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For User Interface Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level User Interface Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like User Experience Designer.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


Survey results imply that User Interface Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface, JavaScript, User Interface Design, and Cascading Style Sheets are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and SQL. Skill sets containing User Interface Design also tend to include HTML and Adobe Illustrator. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. User Interface Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $90K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Interface Designers, 36 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent) and Chicago (+21 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Seattle. Employers in Los Angeles and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%



National Average
$71,000


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



User Interface Design
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

HTML
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Web Development
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$71,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
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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