User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

The average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $71K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male User Interface Designers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. For the most part, User Interface Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$45,338 - $106,074
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$71K
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MEDIAN: $70,793
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$10.21 - $45.30
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$0$115K
Salary $45,338 - $106,074
Bonus $2,043 - $19,956
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$43,370 - $115,415
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 74
Hourly Data $0$85
Hourly Rate $10.21 - $45.30
Overtime $85.00
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $2,043 - $19,956
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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$43,370 - $115,415
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

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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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For User Interface Designers, progressing to a Senior User Experience Designer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior User Experience Designer can earn $103K annually.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


Survey takers working as User Interface Designers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in 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: $69,819

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for User Interface Designers, 39 percent above the national average. 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland and Seattle (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%
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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 10 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 10%
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