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Working As A Senior User Experience Designer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior User Experience Designer Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Duties

Graphic designers typically do the following: 

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo-editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired message
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables. Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible.

Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing.

Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, still others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

Graphic designers need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.

Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Senior User Experience Designer

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.

Advancement

Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Average Length of Employment
Lead Designer 3.2 years
Designer 3.1 years
Visual Designer 2.3 years
Digital Designer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Senior User Experience Designer
Designer 3.8%
Top Careers After Senior User Experience Designer
Consultant 1.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$105,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
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$105,000
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$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
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$105,000
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Median 50%
$151,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Sterling Inc.
Highest Paying City
San Bruno, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Senior User Experience Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior User Experience Designer in the United States is $106,062 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $152,000.

Real Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior User Experience Designer Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2016 $170,000
User Experience Designer, Lead (Senior) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 14, 2015 $169,715
Senior UX Designer Populus Group LLC New York, NY Jul 21, 2015 $166,960
Senior User Experience Designer Librato, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2016 $160,000
SR. UX Designer Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Jul 25, 2016 $160,000
Senior UX Designer Tradeshift, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Senior User Experience Designer Librato, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2015 $160,000
Senior User Experience Designer Librato, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $160,000
Senior User Experience Designer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA May 19, 2016 $154,000
Senior User Experience Designer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA Aug 17, 2016 $154,000
Senior Principal UX Designer Veritas Technologies LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2016 $153,508
Senior User Experience Designer Brightroll, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 30, 2015 $153,462 -
$165,000
Senior UX Designer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 20, 2015 $131,269
Senior UX Designer Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2016 $130,603 -
$140,000
SR. UX Designer Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 14, 2016 $130,000 -
$190,000
Senior User Experience Designer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Apr 21, 2015 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer AOL Inc. New York, NY Apr 13, 2015 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer Surveymonkey Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 11, 2015 $130,000
Senior Designer, User Experience Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA May 30, 2016 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $114,400 -
$159,400
Senior UX Designer Zillow, Inc. Seattle, WA May 07, 2016 $113,027 -
$191,800
Senior User Experience Designer Devicebook, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 05, 2016 $113,027 -
$150,000
Senior User Experience Designer II Samsung Electronics America, Inc. New York, NY Jul 28, 2015 $111,114 -
$115,000
Senior UX Designer Procore Technologies, Inc. Carpinteria, CA Nov 14, 2016 $110,053 -
$132,000
Senior UX Designer RGB Systems Anaheim, CA Jan 08, 2016 $110,000
Senior User Experience Designer GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Seattle, WA Oct 08, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Senior UI UX Designer Ergun Development LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior User Experience Designer

  1. User Interface
  2. Wire Frames
  3. Usability
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  • Generated user interface design comps, visual design specs and prototypes for complex and comprehensive initiative-level projects.
  • Design consisted of creating wire frames, mock-ups, and prototypes for many large clients in business relations.
  • Experienced in designing / updating effective and visually appealing user interface prototypes based on established visual design and usability standards.
  • Re-branded Verizon images used within applications to use the new logo of company purchasing Verizon applications using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Created High Fidelity Interactive Prototypes, Prepared and conducted Usability Tests and provided detailed UI Specifications to the development teams.

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Senior User Experience Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

25.5%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Asian

15.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Portuguese

11.1%

Japanese

11.1%

Italian

11.1%

Gujarati

5.6%

German

5.6%

French

5.6%

Catalan

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Korean

5.6%
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Senior User Experience Designer Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

9.6%

DePaul University

8.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.2%

Art Center College of Design

5.7%

University of Washington

5.7%

Art Institute of Seattle

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

New York University

4.3%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.3%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.3%

School of Visual Arts

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

Art Institute of Atlanta

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%
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Majors

Graphic Design

31.8%

Fine Arts

9.3%

Computer Applications

8.5%

Computer Science

7.5%

Design And Visual Communication

7.1%

Business

6.1%

Human Computer Interaction

4.7%

Psychology

3.0%

Communication

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Information Technology

2.3%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.2%

Photography

1.7%

English

1.7%

Advertising

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Digital Media

1.5%

Drafting And Design

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Entertainment Business

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.0%

Masters

23.8%

Other

15.9%

Associate

4.8%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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