UX/UI Design Salaries: How Much Do UX/UI Designers Really Make?

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Tech companies all around the nation are in search of UX/UI designers, as people with UX/UI design skills are in high demand these days. Because of this high demand, how much do UX/UI designers really make? And where do they earn the most? Before we can talk about UX/UI designer salaries, let’s talk about what they do.

What does a UX/UI designer do?

UX UI designer works remote from phone

A user experience/user interface (UX/UI) designer generally creates digital products — websites, apps, software programs, for example — that are easy and enjoyable for people to use. Their overall task is to keep their platform clean, simple, and easy to use for everyday users.

UX/UI designers are different from application or website designers because UX/UI designers pay special attention to how usable a product is. And, often, that means they could focus on specific parts such as a website’s heading size, the spacing size between texts, the body’s text size, an element’s alignment, the functionality of a navigation menu, etc. Because so much goes into it, UX/UI designers are vital to website or application development and must be appropriately compensated.

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Is UX/UI design a promising career for me?

While education isn’t necessarily a requirement for this field, it is highly recommended that to be successful, you have an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, website development, user interference, or a related field.

You can be successful in this career if you have a keen sense of design and aesthetics. Most customers and companies have a dream or a vision for a website or application, but they often overlook essential properties like color, font, size, and alignment. 

If you have a great sense of color theory, an understanding of which fonts go together, what size fonts to use, and other related things, you might have what it takes to tackle UX/UI designing.

What job titles can UX/UI designers get?

UX/UI designers don’t often have “UX/UI designer” as their title. They may have a different job title, as many job titles incorporate the user-experience aspect of designing in with their other responsibilities. 

UX UI designer job titles

UX/UI designers often have these job titles:

How much money do UX/UI designers make?

Since UX/UI designing involves a broad career field, the salary of a UX/UI designer can vary depending on what position you have, what hiring platform you use, and what part of the nation you’re in.

According to a Glassdoor study, user-experience designing has been ranked as the sixth highest paying, entry-level position for freelancers with a median base salary of around $73,000 per year.

But since salary often varies by state, we’ve listed average entry-level UX/UI designer salaries from various locations in the United States and from three different hiring platforms (Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter).  

So how much does a UX designer make?

Entry-level UX/UI designer salaries* by location

*current as of June 2021

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Senior-level UX/UI designer salaries by location

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Why are UX/UI designers paid so much?

UX UI designers build mobile app

For many companies, UX/UI designers and their design teams create the entire interface and full user experience for customers. Likewise, for many software companies or companies that require an application or a website to be used (Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc.), almost all of the design and development portion falls to the UX/UI designers.

Even for companies with other user touchpoints — where the entire product isn’t digital — visual design and interactions are critical to making a good impression and helping customers achieve their goals. Whether that’s buying a product, finding information, or connecting with a customer service agent, the design process is involved in all of it.

User research, user testing, wireframes, customer insights, prototypes — everything a user experience designer and user interface designer does — is behind how good a company is at helping their customers succeed.

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