User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

The average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $70K per year. Career duration and the particular city 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 67 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for User Interface Designers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,402 - $101,653
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$43K
$70K
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MEDIAN: $70,410
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$15.51 - $74.65
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$75
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$43,402 - $101,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,431  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $4,500  
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$42,915 - $110,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
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Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $74.65  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $122.34  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,431  
   
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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$42,915 - $110,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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 go on to become User Experience Designers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an User Experience Designer, an upper-level role, pays $76K.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


User Interface Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface, JavaScript, User Interface Design, and Cascading Style Sheets are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. On average, User Interface Designers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $108K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For User Interface Designers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (12 percent less) and Atlanta (10 percent less).

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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



User Interface Design
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Web Development
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Windows Operating System General Use
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HTML
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Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$72,000

Microsoft Word
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Adobe Photoshop
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 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
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%
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