User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

For User Interface Designers, yearly average wages total $68K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, User Interface Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of User Interface Designers are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,260 - $102,573
$44K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,577
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$10.48 - $60.10
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MEDIAN: $38.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,260 - $102,573  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $19,518  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
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$43,102 - $112,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.48 - $60.10  
   
Overtime
$39.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000 - $19,518  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$43,102 - $112,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

  • 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior User Experience Designer. The average Senior User Experience Designer brings home $103K per year.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


Survey results imply that User Interface Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with User Experience Design, Windows Operating System General Use, and User Interface are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and SQL also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $75K. On average, User Interface Designers make $86K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,869

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for User Interface Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+31 percent), Charlotte (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Portland and Seattle earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 11 percent.

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Key Stats for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

▲23%

Late-Career
▲10%

▲7%

National Average
$70,000

▼10%

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

User Experience (UX) Design
▲32%

Windows Operating System General Use
▲13%


▲8%



▲2%

Microsoft Word
▲2%

Adobe Photoshop
▼0%

National Average
$70,000



SQL
▼5%

Web Design
▼10%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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