User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States take home approximately $69K per year on average. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. User Interface Designers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,301 - $101,378
$44K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,816
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50%
90%

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$10.30 - $58.90
$10
$32
$59
MEDIAN: $32.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,301 - $101,378  
   
Bonus
$1,969 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$40,702 - $112,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $58.90  
   
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
$1,969 - $19,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$40,702 - $112,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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.

Common Career Paths for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


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User Interface Designers may progress into high-paying roles like Senior User Experience Designer, where median compensation is $103K annually.

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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, facility with User Experience Design, User Interface, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Web Design also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator and HTML.

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

Pay by Experience for a User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) has a positive trend. An entry-level User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 26 salaries. A User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,921

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

User Interface Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+31 percent), Charlotte (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (12 percent lower) and Seattle (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

▲22%

Late-Career
▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$70,000

▼9%

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

User Experience (UX) Design
▲32%


▲7%



▲3%

Microsoft Word
▲2%


Adobe Illustrator
▲1%

National Average
$70,000

SQL
▼5%


Web Design
▼10%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 12%
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