User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States can expect wages of $70K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male User Interface Designers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$43,210 - $101,422
(Median)
$43K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,300
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$15.78 - $75.21
(Median)
$16
$39
$75
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$43,210 - $101,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,135  
Profit Sharing
$1,028  
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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$42,369 - $114,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate 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$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $75.21  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $83.19  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,028  
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).
)
$42,369 - $114,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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User Interface Designers who transition into an upper level User Experience Designer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average User Experience Designer makes $75K a year.

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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, JavaScript, User Interface, and Cascading Style Sheets are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Web Design, Microsoft Office, and SQL. Most people who know 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.


User Interface Designers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, User Interface Designers make a median salary of $90K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,143

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

With a pay rate for User Interface Designers that is 27 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 (+22 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Seattle and Austin (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$72,000


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

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%




User Interface Design
up arrow 4%

Web Development
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HTML
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Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$72,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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SQL
up arrow 8%


Web Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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