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Average UX Designer Salary Worldwide Research Overview

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As a professional area, user experience development spans various spheres and specializations, from user interface (UI) design to application development. The role of such a specialist is to improve a product’s or service interface (website or application) for users. For example, a UX designer’s responsibilities for the web page include the site’s creative design, ease of information searching, and linking logic for a comfortable user journey. User experience development covers different specialties and areas of work, as each employer has its requests depending on the characteristics of their team and the methods they use. The salary of a UX specialist depends on their role, experience, education, industry, and geographic location. This article will look at the specifics of UX developer titles and salaries in different regions around the globe.

 

UX Developer Salary: Key Takeaways

 

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For this review, my team used information from Payscale, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and Salary Expert. To provide clear comparisons, we used the gross average monthly salary. All wages are presented in US dollars at an exchange rate for April 2022. 

 

Gross monthly
income, USD

Northern America

Western & Nordic
Europe

Eastern Asia

South Africa

Central & Eastern
Europe

South & Central
America

 UX Designer

$7,000$5,750$4,750$2,500$2,250$1,750

Application Developer

$7,500$6,250$5,000$2,750$2,500$1,250

UX Engineer

$9,000$6,750$5,750$4,500$3,000$2,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

The United States takes the lead in salaries distribution. There, the UX profession is considered one of the top 50 professions in America.

 

In the EU countries, salaries are lower. However, it should be borne in mind that the wages range in European countries is very wide. For example, the salary of a middle UX Engineer ranges from $8,375 in Norway to $5,026 in Spain. The United States takes the lead in salaries distribution. There, the UX profession is considered one of the top 50 professions in America.

 

UX Developer Salary Determining Factors

 

The average UX web developer salary varies by role, experience level, education, industry, and geographic location.

 

Location

 

As mentioned above, countries with a more developed technology sector offer higher salaries for UX developers. The highest salaries are in the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Norway, and the lowest in India, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

 

Company size and type

 

As a rule, big tech companies offer higher salaries. For example in the US, companies currently offering top UX design salaries include Google ($144,000/yr), Cisco Systems ($136,000/yr), Amazon ($131,000/yr), Microsoft ($128,000/yr), and Adobe ($121,719/yr). Speaking about startups, the salary of their developers depends more on the amount of raised funds rather than company size. What is more, IT firms that deliver custom software development services offer less compensation than product tech companies.

 

Desired skills & knowledge

 

When it comes to job requirements, each employer has its vision for UX specialists so we often see the variability and unclearness of new job titles, descriptions, and skills. Each of them has its differences, but for convenience, we classified them according to skills on demand: designing, web development, and programming.

 

 

– UX Design 

 

A UX designer is a specialist who creates or improves a product to be as effective as possible and meet users’ needs. The main responsibilities of this position are research, development of wireframes, mockups, and prototypes of the product.

 

This professional requires creative and aesthetic supervision and knowledge of specific designing instruments and technologies such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Figma, and the basics of HTML, CSS, and  JavaScript.

 

– Application Development

 

The application developer is a programmer who specializes in coding and designing mobile applications. This work combines back-end (Ruby, Python, PHP, SQL) and front-end (HTML, CSS, JS) coding. 

 

– UX Engineering

 

The UX Engineer is a front-end developer who has mastered UX design principles. The primary duties are to transform design projects into coding using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The role also requires visual thinking and design experience. 

 

Their salary is usually higher than those of designers and application developers among the positions listed. Due to the uncertainty of functions, this specialty implies the broadest possible range of expertise, which means full-stack specialization.

 

Experience Level

 

According to Adobe, most managers highlight the following most important practical experience of designers: UX design experience (76%), having a solid portfolio (75%), and coding/programming experience (70%). In large organizations, the most influential factors in hiring were good references (78%) and references from someone they trust (84%). The traditional distinction between junior, middle, and senior levels remain basic for all employers to define the experience of UX candidates. 

 

Expertise and Education of UX Designers around the World

 

UX is a reasonably new specialization, so few UX-specific school programs exist. However, there are many online bootcamps and courses. Foundations of User Experience (UX Design) has already certified 405,000 UX designers, and the certificate offered by Google is one of many new educational offerings.  

 

Since the profession is new and interdisciplinary, applicants do not need to have an academic background in design, as a strong portfolio will tell more than their professional qualifications. They must have mastered interaction design principles, branding, typography and color theory, wireframe and prototyping, style guides, have a solid understanding of graphic design and web technologies, and wireframing tools such as Figma, UXPin, or Adobe XD. A good grasp of design programs and tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Canva are also necessary.

 

For users and personal research, disciplines such as psychology, marketing, or social sciences may also be in demand. The ability to work in a team and communication skills are equally important.

 

The most favorable countries for UX developers are the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Germany, and the United Kingdom. These countries are known for design agencies, technical centers, and communities. Many startups in these countries need UX designers and engineers, so the average salary for UX web developers is the highest.

 

UX Developers Market Trends Overview

 

The market for UX developers is advancing and has a promising future. The request for specialists in this field is on par with the demand for software engineers as increasing web and mobile app downloads are driving the market growth. 

 

According to a survey conducted by Adobe, most managers in the UX/UI field hire UX designers to work on web design (65%) and mobile app design (54%). Also, a large minority of hiring managers expect mobile to be a top hiring priority in the next five years (48%). In addition to the hiring trend for cross-platform user design specialists, the demand for virtual and augmented reality development is growing. Thus, 82% of managers expect to hire UX designers for VR and AR projects in 3-5 years. Trends in artificial intelligence and wearables also will see double-digit growth.

 

By 2027, the global UX/UI market is expected to reach $1,156.6M, up from $398M in 2020, at a CAGR of 16.4%. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor projects a 13% percent growth in employment of web developers and digital designers from 2020 to 2030.

 

Among the notable players in the global user interface services market, researchers identify Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Fujitsu, Oracle, and LG companies, and the United States, Great Britain, South Korea, and Japan as the most influential countries.

 

As you can see from market statistics, UX is one of the fastest-growing areas in the IT industry. In general, the demand for skilled IT professionals exceeds the supply. Thus, according to Korn Ferry, by 2030 more than 85 million jobs worldwide may remain vacant due to a lack of qualified personnel, and the UX-sphere can also be included in this statistic. The competition for UX professionals will intensify and the cost of their services will rise. The high demand for UX specialists is partly due to the lack of specialized training institutions; however, online bootcamps and schools are rapidly filling this niche.

 

UX Developer Salary in North America

 

USA

 

The US monthly average UX web developer salary goes at $6,893 for entry-level vacancies and $12,233 for senior positions. Detroit, Washington, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are the most hiring cities. According to ZipRecruiter, California cities dominate in the list of highest Paying Cities for UX Developer jobs, including San Mateo, Berkeley, Daly City, Richmond, and San Francisco.

 

Gross monthly income, USD

The United States

 California Washington Michigan Illinois
JuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSenior

 UX Designer

$6,000$8,500$10,500$5,750$8,000$10,000$5,250$7,500$9,250$5,500$7,750$9,500

Application Developer

$6,500$9,000$11,250$6,000$8,750$10,750$5,500$8,000$10,000$6,000$8,500$10,500

UX Engineer

$8,000$11,250$14,000$7,500$10,500$13,000$7,000$10,000$12,000$7,000$10,250$12,750

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Canada

 

In Canada, senior UX Engineers earn $10,121 per month, one thousand lower than wages in Australia and more than two thousand lower than in the USA. The Canadian salary level is close to such European countries like Germany and Norway. Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa are the highest paying cities for UX design services.

 

Gross monthly income, USDCanada
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,750$6,500$8,250
Application Developer$5,000$7,000$9,000
UX Developer$5,750$8,000$10,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Average UX Designer Salary in Australia

 

Australia has one of the highest wages globally, with a salary of $11,372 for a senior position, which is not significantly lower than the United States pay level. Among the highest paying cities in Australia are Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

 

Gross monthly income, USDAustralia
 Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Perth Adelaide
JuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$5,250$7,500$9,000$5,000$7,000$8,750$4,500$6,250$8,000$4,750$6,750$8,250$4,750$6,500$8,000
Application Developer$5,500$8,000$10,000$5,500$7,500$9,500$4,750$6,750$8,500$5,000$7,250$12,500$5,000$7,000$8,750
UX Developer$6,500$9,000$11,250$6,000$8,750$11,000$5,500$7,750$9,750$5,750$8,250$10,250$5,500$8,000$10,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Average UX Developer Salary in the United Kingdom

 

The United Kingdom has a competitive Web UX developer salary for the European region. The average junior UX developer salary is $4,912 and $8,717 per senior UX developer. Average UX Developer Salary in the United Kingdom

 

Gross monthly income, USDThe United Kingdom
 England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland
JuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSeniorJuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$3,500$5,000$6,250$4,000$5,000$6,000$3,500$4,750$6,000$3,00$4,250$5,250
Application Developer$4,000$5,500$6,750$3,750$5,250$6,500$3,500$5,000$6,250$3,250$4,500$5,750
UX Developer$4,500$6,250$8,000$3,500$6,000$7,500$4,250$6,000$7,500$3,750$5,250$6,500

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

The highest wages in the UK are in London, with a $5,728 monthly salary for junior and $9,949 for senior UX designers. London is the top city for UX professionals, not only in terms of salary but also in technological development. As one of the key European centers, London is a powerful technology hub, where the professional culture of UX design is presented at the highest level.

 

Average UX Developer Salary in the Western & Nordic Europe

 

Western and Northern European countries demonstrate a wide range of salaries with differences of about $4,000. Germany and Norway have the highest UX developer wages in Europe; France, Belgium, Austria, and the Netherlands make up the middle range; Italy, Spain, and Sweden represent the lowest wages in Western Europe.

 

Norway 

 

Norway leads in wages in the Western European region. The average middle UX designer salary in Oslo is $7,749.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Norway
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$5,250$7,500$9,250
Application Developer$5,500$8,000$10,000
UX Developer$6,000$8,500$10,500

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Germany 

 

Germany lags behind Norway with a slight gap in average wages. However, when comparing salaries by city, the gap becomes clearer. The salary for a middle UX designer’s position in Berlin is $6,631.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Germany
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,500$6,500$8,000
Application Developer$5,000$7,000$8,500
UX Developer$5,500$8,000$10,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Belgium

 

Wages in Belgium are lower than Norwegian and German salaries. UX developers’ salaries range from $4,489 for a junior UX designer to $8,744 for a senior UX engineer.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Belgium
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,500$6,250$7,750
Application Developer$4,750$6,750$8,250
UX Developer$5,000$7,000$8,750

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Austria

 

Austria and the Netherlands closely follow Belgium. The average salary for most positions in Austria is slightly higher than in the Netherlands.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Austria
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,500$6,250$7,750
Application Developer$4,750$6,750$8,250
UX Developer$4,500$6,500$8,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

The Netherlands

 

Salaries in the Netherlands are practically identical to those in Austria. The only difference in the position of Senior UX Engineer is $400 higher in the Netherlands.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
The Netherlands
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,500$6,000$7,750
Application Developer$4,750$6,500$8,250
UX Developer$5,000$7,000$8,500

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

France

 

For most positions, wages in France are $500 lower than in the Netherlands, except a senior designer’s salary is the same as in Austria. A senior designer’s average wage is almost equal to a senior UX engineer’s salary, commonly the highest on the list. In general, the wage level of French UX developers is comparable to Singapore, with a difference in the salary for the Senior UX Engineer position, which is much higher in Singapore.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
France
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,000$5,500$7,500
Application Developer$4,250$6,000$7,500
UX Developer$4,500$6,250$7,750

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Italy

 

Wages in Italy are lower than in France. The average UX designer salary varies from $3,563 for junior to $6,188 for senior positions, so the difference hovers between $500 to $1,000.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Italy
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$3,500$4,500$6,250
Application Developer$3,750$5,250$6,500
UX Developer$4,000$5,750$7,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Sweden 

 

Salaries in Sweden are slightly lower than in Italy; however, the gap is insignificant and about 200-300 dollars. It is also notable that the wage threshold in Sweden is higher for junior positions and lower for senior positions.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Sweden
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$3,500$4,750$6,000
Application Developer$3,500$5,250$6,500
UX Developer$4,000$5,500$7,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Spain

 

Spain has the lowest salaries in Western Europe, and the average wage for a UX developer is $400 lower than in Sweden. Nevertheless, the salary level in Spain is $2,000 higher than the Czech Republic, which has the highest wages in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Spain
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$3,000$4,250$5,250
Application Developer$3,250$4,500$5,500
UX Developer$3,500$5,000$6,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Average UX Developer Salary in Israel

 

Wages in Israel can be consistent with Italian pay as they are almost equal. A Web UX developer salary here is $4,668 for a junior position and $8,285 for senior programmers. 

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Israel
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$3,750$5,250$6,500
Application Developer$4,000$5,750$7,000
UX Developer$4,750$6,750$8,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

UX Designer Salary in Eastern Asia

 

Japan 

 

Japan has the highest UX lead developer salary in the Eastern Asian region: $5,090 for junior and $9,033 for senior specialists. The other UX developer’s wages in Japan are slightly lower than in Singapore.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Japan
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,000$5,500$7,000
Application Developer$4,250$6,000$7,250
UX Developer$5,000$7,250$9,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Singapore

 

Salaries in Singapore are comparable to those in Belgium and are the highest in the region. For most UX developer positions, wages in Singapore are slightly higher than the average Japanese salary; however, the difference is usually less than $100.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Singapore
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$4,000$5,500$7,000
Application Developer$4,250$6,000$7,500
UX Developer$5,000$6,750$8,500

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

China

 

China ranks third in the region with a significant wage gap. For example, the senior UX designer salary in China is $4,627, more than $2,000 less than in Japan and Singapore.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
China
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$2,750$3,7500$4,500
Application Developer$3,000$4,000$5,000
UX Developer$3,250$4,500$6,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

South Korea

 

South Korea has the lowest wages in the region; a gap with China is about $200-400 for different positions. For example, a senior UX designer’s salary is $4,446, and a senior UX engineer is $5,410 according to $4,627 and $5,911 for the same roles in China.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
South Korea
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$2,500$3,500$4,500
Application Developer$2,750$3,750$4,750
UX Developer$3,000$4,250$5,500

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

UX Developer Salary in Eastern Europe

 

Despite the geographical proximity, the countries of Eastern Europe show the widest salary gradient, with the highest rates in the Czech Republic and the lowest in Ukraine. The step between junior and senior positions is also different. For Ukraine, Romania, and Hungary, it is approximately $500; for the Czech Republic and Poland $1,000.

 

Czech Republic

 

The Czech Republic leads the Eastern European region with salaries ranging from $2156 for a junior to $3,746 for a senior UX designer. Wages in the Czech Republic are twice as high as in Ukraine.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Czech Republic
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$2,000$3,000$3,750
Application Developer$2,250$3,250$4,000
UX Developer$2,750$3,750$4,750

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Poland

 

Poland’s salaries are the second in the region, and the difference with the Czech Republic is about $500. So the salary of a senior UX engineer is $4,201, the salary of a senior UX designer is $3,234, and the salary of a senior application developer is $3,445.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Poland
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$2,000$2,500$3,250
Application Developer$2,000$2,750$3,500
UX Developer$2,250$3,250$4,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Hungary

 

Hungary represents the middle range with a salary of $1,499 for a junior and $2,604 for a senior UX designer.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Hungary
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$1,500$2,000$2,500
Application Developer$1,500$2,250$2,750
UX Developer$2,000$2,750$3,500

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Romania

 

Average salaries in Romania are $400 lower than in Hungary. The salary for a senior UX engineer is $ 2,977, which is close to the wage for the same role in Mexico.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Romania
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$2,000$1,500$2,000
Application Developer$1,250$1,750$2,250
UX Developer$1,750$2,500$3,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Ukraine

 

The salaries of Ukrainian UX developers are the lowest in the region, and the salary of a senior UX developer is $2,369. It seems possible to compare Ukrainian and Indian wages, which are almost equal. At the same time, it should be noted that the average performance level of Eastern European developers is much higher than Indian ones.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Ukraine
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$950$1,250$1,500
Application Developer$1,000$1,500$1,750
UX Developer$1,250$2,000$2,250

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

 

UX Developer Salary in India

 

India has one of the lowest wages, with an average user experience developer salary of $1,615 and $2,063 per senior UX developer salary. Wage levels are compatible with Argentina and Ukraine.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
India
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$950$1,250$1,750
Application Developer$1,000$1,500$1,750
UX Developer$1,250$1,500$2,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

UX Developer Salary in South & Central America

 

Argentina

 

Argentina has the lowest wage in the region, with monthly intern payments starting at $858. This is also the lowest salary of all countries we researched in this review. 

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Argentina
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$850$1,250$1,500
Application Developer$900$1,250$1,500
UX Developer$1,000$1,500$2,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Mexico

 

Mexico ranked in the middle: $1,518 for a junior developer and $2,695 for a senior developer.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Mexico
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$1,250$1,750$2,000
Application Developer$1,250$1,750$2,250
UX Developer$1,500$2,250$2,750

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

Brazil

 

Brazil’s average UX developer salary is almost two times higher than in Argentina. When comparing UX Engineer positions it gets noticeable: $1,949 for senior specialists in Argentina vs. $3,840 in Brazil.

 

Gross monthly income,
USD
Brazil
JuniorMiddleSenior
UX Designer$1,500$2,250$2,750
Application Developer$1,750$2,250$3,000
UX Developer$2,250$3,000$4,000

 

Source: Salary Expert

 

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FAQ:

❓ What is the highest salary of a UX developer?

💡 Of course, there are no limits for talented employees. But the highest average wage we have recorded so far is $12,233, which is the salary level of a senior UX engineer in the United States.

❓ Where is the lowest salary for a UX developer?

💡 Among the markets studied by our team, the lowest salaries for UX developers are in Argentina, India, and Ukraine. The wage for UX designers in those countries varies from $860 for junior to $1,671 for senior UX specialists, and the average salary for middle UX engineers is $1670.

❓ What is the difference between a UX Designer and a UX Engineer?

💡 The designer is more responsible for the visual part of the product and the engineer accounts for the technical side. But this does not mean that the designer should not understand the code. UX is an interdisciplinary profession that requires professionals to have extensive expertise in both areas.

❓ Is it true that the demand for UX professionals is growing?

💡 Yes, it’s true. According to an Adobe survey, the demand for UX specialists is the same as for Software Engineers.

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