UI DesignerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

A UI designer has the position within a company of mocking up or designing, and in some cases implementing, the GUI or graphical user interface in either a program, website, or game. A UI designer is in charge of creating, categorizing, and drafting UI objects in order to pursue the desired vision of the project. A company that hires a UI designer will oftentimes either subcontract work out to other companies with either a web app, website, game, or app, or will have a web app, website, game, or app itself. 

The UI designer must be confident in their use of industry-standard software for design and graphical interfaces. These designers benefit from being creative, organized, and level-headed in order to meet the deadlines set for their work efficiently as well as in order to properly respond to criticisms of their work and revise their designs based on feedback from other team members. Hiring a UI designer can be extremely paramount to successfully showcasing your application and increasing sales, and is crucial to the usability of any software.

Sample job description #1

The UI Designer will be experienced in Front End Software Development and passionate about User Experience Design. You will be a member of the delivery team, focused on prototyping, testing, and developing user interfaces for large enterprise web applications and actively participate in concept development and design iteration alongside the design team.

UI designer requirements:

  • 3+ years of software development experience with Angular, including communication with backend services
  • Experience with prototyping user interfaces
  • Demonstrated success in software development project delivery
  • Proficiency in writing professional, clear, readable, understandable, and well-tested code
  • Deep understanding of software design patterns
  • Ability to articulate how source control, and agile methods fit within the software development landscape
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (will be client facing)
  • Experienced with Figma, Sketch, Miro, or other design tools

UI designer bonus points:

  • Has been responsible for large Angular codebases
  • Familiar with S.O.L.I.D. principles
  • Experience using Bootstrap along with Angular to build large web applications
  • Experience creating wireframes and mid-fidelity designs from scratch
  • Understands BPM, BPMN, and DMN technologies as well as Camunda

Sample job description #2

The job

  • Create and iterate on UI typography/Motion/FX/Iconography and in-game branding for the end-to-end game experience in partnership with the rest of the UX/UI team
  • Partner with UX designers to ensure that form always follows function
  • Define best in class in-game experiences by pushing the boundaries of your tools and technology
  • Be constantly thinking about the future in terms of finding ways to improve the game experience and the design of the games UI, with strong ownership and minimal direction required
  • Serve as an advocate for the UX/UI team by ensuring the best tools, systems, and process are being used to create the in-game experience possible
  • Work directly with all disciplines across the game team (dev/design/art/platform/marcom) to bring the brand and your work to life
  • Be a thought leader in visual design to ensure we are pushing the edges of what’s possible
  • Leverage your years of experience to help bring the culture of user centered design to the entire game studio
  • Cultivate design talent on the design team through active mentoring and leadership

Nice to have

  • 5+ years professional experience in UX/UI or Visual Design for games
  • At least 3 games shipped from concept to completion (PC a plus)
  • Experience with Rapid Prototyping using whatever tools help tell the story (Motion Design/3D/In-Engine)
  • Experience implementing UX/UI into a game engine, ideally Unreal Engine with in-depth expertise in UMG
  • Strong motion design and animation experience
  • A passion for gaming and an understanding of what is best in class UX across multiple genres
  • Experience with keyboard/mouse UX considerations
  • Experience working with localization/internationalization systems and dealing with related issues
  • An aptitude for ownership, responsibility and aggressive problem solving
  • You’re comfortable with getting into the guts of a game engine
  • A mindset of continuous improvement; humble and ambitious
  • Prior experience in a startup environment or small business
  • Adaptable, with a good sense of humor

Sample job description #3

What you will do

  • Focus on building the digital experience from the ground up with the ability to architect all acquisition digital touchpoints and end-user interfacing internal systems to support the marketing/customer acquisition value stream
  • Collect and analyze user behaviors and needs through qualitative and quantitative user research such as interviews, field studies, surveys, A/B testing, digital experience monitoring, and usability testing
  • Participate in the creation of content strategy documents to design solutions to address critical user pain points and opportunities to increase efficiency
  • Ability to solve complex business challenges through design thinking, owning, and leading the marketing acquisition digital user experience strategy, testing, and design
  • Work with internal analysts and data science partners to evaluate target segments, visitor behaviors and task success, conducting competitive analyses of other websites within banking, fintech, and online experience leaders
  • Brainstorm concepts, develop mockups and run usability studies, developing task flow, user storyboards, and other design documents to share vision with others
  • Create navigation maps, flows, and diagrams to document design decisions
  • Create wireframes for design and development teams
  • Work hand-in-hand with UI designer and developers on project builds and product manager in UX ideation and innovation, ensuring work aligns with value stream priorities and meets value stream deadlines, priorities and cadences
  • Support agile workflow with timely production and purposeful iteration to track usability goals and prepare reports for senior management

How you are qualified

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in information technology, visual design, interaction design, or related disciplines
  • 7+ years of experience in UX or interaction design
  • Ability to prototype in Axure, Invision, Adobe XD, or similar tools
  • Advanced skills with Sketch, Photoshop, or other design tools
  • Experience in UX research and ability to grow into end-to-end study execution
  • Must include a portfolio showcasing your end-to-end design process

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a UI designer is $87,450 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$86,950$117,650
Los Angeles, California$98,100$132,750
Denver, Colorado$81,750$110,600
Washington, DC$99,600$134,750
Miami, Florida$81,400$110,100
Orlando, Florida$75,100$101,550
Tampa, Florida$75,800$102,600
Atlanta, Georgia$79,550$107,600
Chicago, Illinois$91,450$123,700
Boston, Massachusetts$98,850$133,750
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$78,800$106,600
New York City, New York$104,050$140,800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$84,750$114,650
Dallas, Texas$82,500$111,650
Houston, Texas$81,750$110,600
Seattle, Washington$95,150$128,750
National Average$74,350$100,550

Sample interview questions

  • What are some of your hobbies?
  • Describe a project you’ve worked on that was particularly challenging. How did you handle it? What were the results?
  • How would your current or last employer describe you?
  • What is your ideal workflow, and how often do you like to incorporate feedback into your process?
  • How comfortable are you with ambiguity?
  • Can you describe your design process from initial concept to final execution?
  • What is the biggest mistake or regret that you have made in a previous role? How would you handle it differently if given the opportunity again?
  • What do you consider essential for creating effective design patterns and best practices? How does this differ from following design trends?
  • What are some of the limitations in using Photoshop or Sketch for designing mobile interfaces?
  • Have you ever disagreed with a supervisor over an issue related to UI design? What was your reasoning, and what action did you take? Would you handle it differently now?
  • Can you describe a time when your personal values came into conflict with a company policy? How did you handle it? What was the outcome, and would you handle it differently now?
  • What is your favorite part of working on a UI team? What do you like least about it?
  • Do you consider yourself more of an artist, designer, or engineer when it comes to your work? Why?

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