A career in UX design tends to attract people from a variety of backgrounds. And for good reason:

Not only are UX design jobs highly creative and human-centric, but they also tend to come with higher than average salaries and benefits.

Let’s take a look at what a UX design salary might look like for you, and how that could change based on your location and experience level. Finally, we’ll cover a few valuable tips to help you negotiate your first UX design salary.

What Does a UX Design Salary Look Like?

Regardless of whether your particular role is in-person, hybrid, or fully remote, a large part of the salary that you’ll be offered is dependent on the location of the company itself, which differs not only by country, but city as well.

For example, according to Glassdoor, the average salary for a UX designer in the United States is:

  • Entry-Level UX Design Salary: $75,000-$80,928
  • Mid-level: $90,000-$104,580
  • Senior level: $110,000-$113,368

Compare this with the Glassdoor estimates for average UX designer salaries (per year) in some other major cities/regions:

As you research UX design salaries, it can also be helpful to compare the estimates of different websites, since each site uses a different method to collect this data. For example, here are the average salaries for user experience designers that were obtained on the same day, for the same region (United States):

  • ZipRecruiter: $98,816
  • Salary.com: $92,367
  • Payscale: $75,624
  • Glassdoor: $109,955

Remember that these estimates should always be considered as a range, with a spread that’s usually around 10-20k.  Someone with no experience could be at the lower end of that range, while another applicant with more experience might be at the higher end, for the same role.

Salaries for other UX-related roles

One of the first things that you might notice when you research how to become a UX designer is that there are many different career paths you might choose to follow.

Here are the Glassdoor estimates for a few other UX-related roles:

  • UX/UI Designer: $90,014
  • UI Designer: $93,440
  • UX Strategist: $112,146
  • Product Designer: $105,448
  • UX Writer: $73,097
  • UX Researcher: $93,043
  • Interaction Designer: $114,381

How to negotiate your first UX salary

First off, understand that you absolutely can and should negotiate your salary, regardless of if it’s your first time or your fifth. To do it successfully, here are a few steps that might help:

1. Know your worth

Research salary ranges for roles in your geography on sites like Glassdoor. That will give you a rough idea of what you can expect, and some confidence for what to say if asked.

2. Don’t disclose your salary requirements on the first call

If possible, wait until you get a better sense of the role and the responsibilities before committing to a number. If asked, you can say something like, “I’d rather learn more about the position and the full package before I commit to a number.” If pressed, that’s when it comes in handy to have done the research from the first bullet, so you at least have something to say.

3. Know that a company is most likely to start an offer at the bottom of your range

So if you say you’re looking for something in the range of 75k, they may go with 75k. Don’t say a number lower than you’d be willing to accept.

4. The salary isn’t the only consideration

On top of what you get paid, you’ll most likely have some sort of health coverage options, maybe a 401k or equity, PTO, a tech or learning and development allowance, and all manner of other benefits. So if the salary isn’t quite as high as you’d hoped, you can always try to negotiate additional extras.

Learn How to Champion Your Own Salary Requirements

Once their portfolio has been approved, UX Academy students move into the Career Services phase of the program, where they work 1:1 with a career coach to receive support, feedback, and advice on the job application process.

Students learn practical skills like when to bring up the salary conversation, how to negotiate, and how to answer the question, “what are you looking for in terms of salary?”

To kickstart your career as a UX designer and receive the support you need to land your first job as a UX designer, check out UX Academy.

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Maria Myre

Designlab

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