Tuesday, June 3, 2008

How much do UX designers make?

The Usability Professional association's 2005 Survey {pdf} allows you to see in depth stats on what people are making broken down by title, region, gender, race, location, and more. You can also see what types of work people are doing as part of their jobs in usability.

For something more recent and more interactive, glassdoor, in exchange for your own salary information which can be provided anonymously, gives you see real salaries. This is especially helpful at a large organization. their search is so weak it can be very hard to get into the nooks and crannies of the data.

Neither of these options sufficiently addresses consulting but considering consultants/contractors earn more than employees (because they receive no benefits), add these on to your full-time rates.

An easy calculation for converting annual salary to hourly rates:

Given Hr is the hourly rate and An is the annual salary,

Hr x 2 x 1,000 = An

So, $25/hour is roughly 50K per year
$50/hour is about 100K a year, and so on.