O’Reilly 2016 Design Salary Survey

The results of the O’Reilly 2016 Design Salary Survey are in and the findings may surprise you. O’Reilly Media conducted an anonymous salary and skills survey of 300+ designers, UX specialists, and others in the digital design space. This in-depth report details how variables such as job title, location, use of specific tools, and the types of tasks performed affect salary and other compensation.

Key Findings:

  • The salary of a UX Designer ranges between $30-200K+ with a median salary of $91K ($99K for US-based respondents).
  • Designers from California report higher wages than any other state followed by New York.
  • Salary is predicted by years of experience, not age.
  • The myth that design is a women’s role is false. Close to 2/3 of the respondents were men, and women are paid several thousand dollars less than men—even when all other variables match.
  • Most UX designers tend to use one of two software stacks: one anchored by Adobe Illustrator, the other anchored by Sketch.
  • Designers who code earn about $16K more on average.
  • Other factors impacting salary include: managing people, leading projects, presenting to clients, working with executives and other teams, doing pitches and strategy work.
  • When respondents provide tool and task information, job title becomes less useful for predicting salaries.

For more details, read the full article.

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