Researching for a career in UX design? We’re guessing one of the first questions you’re likely to ask is what kind of starting UX designer salary and experience-based rate of progression you can expect if you decide to take the leap.
The good news is, these days you can make a decent living in UX in most parts of the world (and prospects are only likely to improve), but just how much you can hope to earn can depend on where you are.
In this article, we’ve pulled together some salary data highlighting UX job hotspots around the world, to give you an idea of your earning potential if you’re currently on or are thinking of getting on the UX career ladder.
As the data is pulled from different sources and studies, the information available for each country is not uniform – but it will give you a pretty clear benchmark figure for each location discussed. The data will also primarily focuses on the specific role of UX designer (though other UX roles will be touched on too).
We’ll kick things off by taking a look at Ireland, home of the UX Design Institute and a key hub for European tech jobs.
UX Designer salaries in Dublin, Ireland 🇮🇪
Ireland is the European headquarters to many of the world’s most recognised tech brands including Google, Facebook, AirBnb, LinkedIn, Twitter, Hubspot and more – all of whom are big employers in the UX industry, making Ireland (and Dublin particular) a great place to build a career in UX design.
In the table below, you’ll find data taken from Prosperity’s 2019 Digital Salary Survey concerning a number of UX roles and their earning potential. Prosperity is a specialist recruitment agency to the web sector in Ireland.
|Role||1-3 years||3-5 years||5+ years|
|UX Director||€75 – €80K||€80 – 90K||€90K +|
|UI Designer||€30 – 35K||€35 – 55K||€55K +|
|UI/UX Application Designer||€30 – 35K||€35 – 50K||€50K +|
|UX Analyst||€30 – 40K||€35 – 50K||€55 – 60K|
|UX Design Lead||€50 – 60K||€60 – 70K||€70K +|
|UX Designer||€35 – 40K||€45 – 55K||€60K +|
UX Designer salaries in London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Hop over the Irish Sea to London and prospects for UX designers are pretty good indeed!
According to UK job search site Adzuna, at the time of publication of this blog, the average UX designer salary in London was £61,738. This is 43.3% higher than average salaries in general across London.
Adzuna also claims that average salaries for UX designer roles in London have gone up 12.4% year-on-year, compared to a change of 4.7% for all jobs in London and 7.2% for UX designer jobs nationwide.
What about the rest of the UK, you ask? The table below shows data for the UK taken from a global survey of UX designer salaries.
|0 – 3 years experience||£32,100|
|4 – 7 years experience||£45,686|
|8 – 12 years experience||£59,133|
|13 + years experience||£64,102|
The same survey had data on a total of 102 countries from around the world. Here are a selection of the standouts:
UX Designer salaries in the United States of America 🇺🇸
|0 – 3 years experience||$77,171|
|4 – 7 years experience||$98,198|
|8 – 12 years experience||$110,052|
|13 + years experience||$123,447|
UX Designer salaries in Australia 🇦🇺
|National Average||AUD 108,912|
|0 – 3 years experience||AUD 78,246|
|4 – 7 years experience||AUD 116,115|
|8 – 12 years experience||AUD 128,708|
|13 + years experience||AUD 142,271|
UX Designer salaries in Switzerland 🇨🇭
If you really want to make the big bucks, head to Switzerland! (FYI: One Swiss Franc is equal to about one US dollar)
|National Average||CHF 102,614|
|0 – 3 years experience||CHF 81,793|
|4 – 7 years experience||CHF 100,958|
|8 – 12 years experience||CHF 129,238|
|13 + years experience||CHF 116,048|
Curious about other countries not listed?
We hope this quick overview gave you a good idea of your earning potential as a UX designer in 2019. If your country wasn’t listed above, be sure to check out the global survey of UX designer salaries in full.
Want to find out more about UX salaries as well as the current state of the UX industry? Check out these great resources:
- Loop 11’s 2018 UX Industry Study
- UX Collective’s The State of UX in 2019
- UXPin’s Enterprise UX Industry Report 2017 – 2018
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