2017 UX Salary Resources

I haven’t seen a compilation of these anywhere just yet, so I figured I’d do it myself. Here are the resources I’ve consulted to get a better idea of my worth on the job market as a UX Designer.



This tool is probably my favorite; it is so deliciously comprehensive, working off a database of “salary and career data from more than 54 million people.”

When you fill out the questionnaire to get your report you can do it for the job you have now, for the job you’d like in the future, or to get the basics on your Tinder dates’ prospects (if you want to be unlovably creepy).

Here’s what your main dashboard will look like. This will give you a nice overview of your report. From here, I want to point out two things: 1. The link to your full report in all of its lovely comprehensiveness and 2. This little link to profiles that are comparative to your own.

The 2016 UXPA Salary Survey

Salary Tool: https://measuringu.com/salary-survey2016/

First off, if you’ve got a UXPA in your area, go join it if you haven’t already. I’ve been a volunteer for the NYC UXPA for the past year and a half now, and it has been the best networking experience I’ve come across. I think volunteering in general naturally tends towards the cultivation of remarkable relationships, professional and otherwise.

This is the UXPA’s 5th salary survey and it comes with a nifty little salary tool (link above). Based off of data from over 1,000 respondents, results are faceted by: US regions, age, gender, highest degree obtained, years of experience, job title and employment level.

O’Reilly’s 2016 Design Salary Survey

I love that O’Reilly looks at contextually relevant variables for their report. For their survey, they’ve ask questions about what tasks and tools respondents incorporate into their overall design strategy.

Here’s a link to a great overview of the Tools chapter of this report by O’Reilly’s Editorial Strategist, MaryTreseler: https://medium.com/@marytreseler/2016-design-salary-survey-report-tools-befb547d0e7

The Creative Group’s 2017 Salary Guide

Expanding the scope quite a bit, The Creative Group (a creative staffing agency and subsidiary of Robert Half) looks at data for over 120 job titles in creative fields. Page thirteen covers UX position salaries but the report also covers other emerging trends like seasonal talent needs and there are some other handy tips for creative professionals as well.

Nielsen Norman Group’s Salary Trends for UX Professionals

Updated for 2017, this short report on salary trends published by the three “gurus” of the UX professional world behind the Nielsen Norman Group reveals a high-altitude overview of the compensation landscape (https://www.nngroup.com/about/).

“Over the last several years, entry-level UX salaries have dropped, while pay for experienced user experience staff has been more stable.”

Salaries for entry-level professionals in UX blew up around 2000, during the the time of the “dot-com bubble,” then leveled out.

“The premium on experience has increased in recent years: in 2001 it was about $4,400 per year of experience, whereas now it’s about $5,700 (both amounts inflation-adjusted to 2017).” Emphasis from original.

That’s all the resources I’ve come across. How about you? What resources do you use to help get a better understanding of your local market value?