As the field of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design continues to grow in importance, so too do the salaries of those working in the field. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for a UI/UX designer in the United States is $73,000. However, this number can vary depending on a number of factors including location, experience, and industry.
Location, Location, Location
One factor that can greatly impact a UI/UX designer’s salary is location. Cities with a high cost of living, such as San Francisco, New York, and Seattle, tend to offer higher salaries to compensate for the increased cost of living. According to data from Glassdoor, the average salary for a UI/UX designer in San Francisco is $123,000, while the average in New York is $108,000. In comparison, the average salary for a UI/UX designer in a smaller city like Indianapolis is $75,000.
Some examples of countries where UX/UI designers can expect relatively high salaries include the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany and some countries in Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, and Israel. It’s worth noting that salaries can vary greatly even within the same country depending on the region, company and experience level.
Experience Matters Most
Experience is another factor that can greatly impact a UI/UX designer’s salary. Entry-level designers can expect to earn an average salary of around $65,000, while those with 5-10 years of experience can expect to earn around $85,000. Senior-level designers with over 10 years of experience can earn upwards of $120,000 per year.
Choose the Right Industry
Industry also plays a role in determining a UI/UX designer’s salary. According to data from Payscale, the highest paying industries for UI/UX designers include software development, technology, and finance. Designers working in these industries can expect to earn an average salary of around $90,000 per year. In comparison, designers working in the retail industry can expect to earn an average salary of around $70,000 per year.
UI/UX designer salaries can vary greatly depending on a number of factors including location, experience, and industry. However, on average, UI/UX designers in the United States can expect to earn a median annual salary of $73,000. With the increasing importance of user experience in the tech industry, we can expect to see salaries for UI/UX designers continue to rise in the coming years.