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:
- San Francisco: USD $127,000
- New York City: USD $120,041
- Singapore: SGD 10,025
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada: CA $86,383
- London, United Kingdom: £59,951
- Berlin, Germany: €56,695
- Hong Kong: HK $73,000
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.