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User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salary

User Interface Designers in the United States can expect wages of $70K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of User Interface Designers (67 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$42,730 - $102,000
(Median)
$43K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,500
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90%

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$19.39 - $77.20
(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
$42,730 - $102,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,523  
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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$42,809 - $113,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.39 - $77.20  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $121.20  
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,523  
   
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).
)
$42,809 - $113,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, User Interface, Cascading Style Sheets, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in User Interface Design also know HTML and Adobe Illustrator. 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)

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. User Interface Designers see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $109K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, User Interface Designers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent) and San Francisco (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Employers in Seattle and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%



National Average
$71,000


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




User Interface Design
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

HTML
0%

Web Development
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$71,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

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%