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User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States pull down an average of $70K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 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 data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,653 - $102,072
(Median)
$43K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,709
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$18.74 - $77.47
(Median)
$19
$33
$77
MEDIAN: $33.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,653 - $102,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,620  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $4,913  
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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$42,453 - $113,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$18.74 - $77.47  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $122.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,620  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $4,913  
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).
)
$42,453 - $113,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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For User Interface Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level User Interface Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like User Experience Designer.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


User Interface Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and SQL. Those proficient in User Interface Design are, more often than not, also skilled in HTML and Adobe Illustrator. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $78K. For User Interface Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $109K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, User Interface Designers in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent) and Chicago (+21 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Seattle is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Los Angeles and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%



National Average
$71,000


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



User Interface Design
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 3%

Web Development
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

HTML
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$71,000

Adobe Photoshop
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SQL
up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
34%
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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