User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

An average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most User Interface Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of User Interface Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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).
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$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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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)


Survey results imply that User Interface Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Design, Microsoft Office, and SQL. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $79K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, User Interface Designers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

For User Interface Designers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+22 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. Below-median salaries also turn up 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
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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
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Microsoft Word
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SQL
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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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