User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States can expect wages of $70K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of User Interface Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of User Interface Designers are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,152 - $101,477

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$15.28 - $74.28

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Salary
$43,152 - $101,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,620  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $4,500  
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$42,454 - $109,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $74.28  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $105.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,620  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $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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$42,454 - $109,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Many User Interface Designers move into an User Experience Designer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. User Experience Designers on average bring in a similar salary to User Interface Designers.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


User Interface Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, User Interface, Cascading Style Sheets, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


User Interface Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $63K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. User Interface Designers see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


For User Interface Designers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent) and New York (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (10 percent lower) and Seattle (9 percent lower).

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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



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
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%
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