UI DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

The user interface (UI) is where users control and use a particular piece of software, and UI developers are responsible for visualizing and creating that part of a program. A UI developer lives at the intersection of computer programming, psychology, and graphic design. UI developers have to get inside a user’s mind and predict how a user would want to control a piece of software, then design an interface that is intuitive and easy to learn.

UI developers are responsible for making sure programs behave as users would expect them to. They often have to have a wide variety of expertise, including knowledge of web development languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as well as application programming languages like Java, .Net, AJAX, and Ruby. Also, a UI Developer should know about graphic design programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Flex to design the look of the user interface.

In addition to hard technical skills, UI developers should also have soft skills like verbal and written communication, project management, team leadership, and presentation. A UI developer needs to be able to effectively communicate ideas to stakeholders outside of the development team to align the goals of a particular project. Generally, a UI developer doesn’t work alone, so team leadership and the ability to motivate and coordinate colleagues are also critical.

Sample job description #1

The UI Developer will provide the highest level of technical expertise for the design, development, and usability of user interfaces for ABC Company software products. They will provide leadership for all front-end design and code while effectively prioritizing and managing deadlines and internal client expectations. They will also develop innovative and effective solutions for the team’s web and mobile interfaces.

This role will require collaboration with project management, developers, engineers, and client teams to create the new look for our next generation of products. It requires broad development expertise and strong design experience with responsive user interfaces running on a broad array of devices, from large screen displays to small mobile screens. Successful candidates will demonstrate past success and enthusiasm to work in a global team-oriented environment that offers the opportunity to build the discipline.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Product Vision Development

  • Partner with backend development, project management, test engineers and client teams to create the new look for our next generation of products
  • Engage with other developers to create structures that facilitate effective communication in user interfaces
  • Develop code from sitemaps, wireframes, storyboards, and HTML prototypes
  • Provide leadership on CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and usability topics including responsive design strategies as necessary
  • Primarily responsible for the front-end of online projects and partnering with backend development to ensure that the front and back-ends work together as expected
  • Establish and follow best practices in creating UI components
  • Other duties, as assigned

Team Leadership

  • Provide technical leadership to the project team; ensure that all team members are working together effectively, are communicating with other teams, and producing quality work in line with the overall program vision

Communication

  • Provide useful updates to allow other managers to plan their business activities
  • Work with internal and external customers to develop systems to meet required business specifications

Other

  • Act as a liaison with specified user areas
  • Identify client software applications and hardware requirements
  • Assist the scrum manager in performing required tests, installation procedures, and anything else required to complete sprints on time

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Fluent in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and associated libraries (e.g., Bootstrap, Angular, React, etc.) and cross-platform browser issues
  • Familiarity with source code version control, preferably Git repos
  • Familiarity with responsive design strategy and implementation (Hands-on experience a plus)
  • Experience with an enterprise level application development
  • Hands-on experience working within a scrum team
  • Experience deploying cloud-based applications (Azure, GCP, Amazon preferred)

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • 5+ years of UI software development and IA experience
  • Knowledge of software development in public cloud environments (AWS preferred)
  • Excellent time management and organization; able to handle pressure and meet deadlines
  • Skill in prioritizing and triaging obligations
  • Attention to detail
  • Successful track record of meeting and exceeding goals
  • Ability to achieve results while working independently
  • Ability to travel on company business, attend client functions, and professionally represent the company

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or other related field like Electrical or Computer Engineering; Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience working as a UI developer or highest-level technical contributor on enterprise software development teams
  • 2 years of experience working in an Agile software development environment

Sample job description #2

General

  • Review, Evaluate, and Validate technical requirement
  • Experience with angular technologies
  • Work with Product Owners and other team members to translate the requirements into final deliverables
  • Understand Storyboards, Wireframes, Visual mockups, and other Media elements
  • Understand and Utilize the latest tools, technologies, and trends in both Web and E-Learning development
  • Ensure the deliverables meet ABC Company standards, and guidelines

Your responsibilities

  • Responsible for designing, coding and modifying web pages that are focused on education content within the standards, guidelines, and requirements
  • Work with Product Owners, Stakeholders and other team members as appropriate
  • Understand and Utilize the tools and technologies being used
  • Work with the SMEs to understand the requirements when appropriate
  • Work with PM/IM to keep on track with the project plan, timeline, and billing
  • Work with Learning Experience Designers to understand the storyboards and requirements
  • Work with Visual Designers to gather wireframes, Visual Mockups, graphics, audio, video, and other UI elements
  • Work with Quality Assurance (QA) team to get the product tested, address any issues
  • Work with the Test and Publication team to get it hosted in an appropriate hosting environment

Required technical and professional expertise

  • At least 3 years experience with user interface application development
  • At least 3 years of experience working in client services
  • Experienced working with HMTL, CSS, JS, AngularJS
  • Knowledge of the UX process, wireframing, and prototyping skills
  • Knowledge of human interaction design
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and plan individual workload to meet deadlines
  • Experience working in Agile environments

Sample job description #3

As a UI Developer, you will have the opportunity to develop, support, and maintain our websites. The team you will be working with is collaborative, hardworking, and values getting the job done well and meeting deadlines.

So, what will you be doing as a UI developer?

  • Perform front-end development using HTML/CSS, sometimes including basic JavaScript
  • Create HTML email templates for campaigns
  • Collaborate with web designers to integrate and finish designs
  • Coordinate feature development with back-end developers and web designers
  • Perform cross-browser and cross-platform testing to ensure layout and functionality are displayed and work as intended
  • Update content and visual designs on existing websites
  • At times, you may enter data or other content into systems

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Significant experience in: HTML, CSS, Sass, ITCSS
  • Understanding of usability and accessibility standards and testing
  • Familiarity with JavaScript
  • 1-3 years of experience
  • Knowledge of development best practices and coding standards, including cross-browser compatibility, and responsive development

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a UI developer is $102,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$101,450$137,250
Los Angeles, California$114,450$154,850
Denver, Colorado$95,350$129,050
Washington, DC$116,200$157,200
Miami, Florida$94,950$128,450
Orlando, Florida$87,550$118,450
Tampa, Florida$88,450$119,650
Atlanta, Georgia$92,750$125,500
Chicago, Illinois$106,650$144,300
Boston, Massachusetts$115,300$156,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$91,900$124,350
New York City, New York$121,400$164,200
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$98,850$133,700
Dallas, Texas$96,250$130,200
Houston, Texas$95,350$129,050
Seattle, Washington$111,000$150,150
National Average$86,700$117,300

Sample interview questions

  • Describe your design process for me.
  • Tell me about a normal working day for a UI developer.
  • How do you deal with negative user feedback?
  • How would you increase the performance of a page that was running slowly?
  • Tell me about yourself and your education.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? In ten?
  • What makes you a good fit for this company?
  • What do you like best about being a UI developer?
  • Tell me about the most difficult project you’ve ever worked on. 
  • How do you manage your time to meet deadlines?
  • How do you make the websites you design accessible?
  • What is full form HTML and what is it used for?
  • Name at least three position property attributes.

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