The average User Interface Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $69K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of User Interface Designers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,737 - $101,483
(Median)
$42K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,159
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$10.85 - $61.53
(Median)
$11
$39
$62
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,737 - $101,483  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
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$40,094 - $111,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $61.53  
   
Overtime
$39.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,021 - $19,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$40,094 - $111,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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.

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User Interface Designers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior User Experience Designer. The average Senior User Experience Designer brings home $103K per year.

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Popular Skills for User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)


User Interface Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 4 percent and 7 percent. 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. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are 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.


User Interface Designers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $64K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $75K on average. On average, User Interface Designers make $88K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,770

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

Home to some of the best pay for User Interface Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. User Interface Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+30 percent), Charlotte (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Portland and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%



National Average
$71,000


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



User Interface Design
up arrow 4%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$71,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Web Development
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
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User Experience (UX) Design
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SQL
up arrow 6%

Web Design
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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