UX Designer salaries in the USA, UK, and India(2020 earnings)



Salary should never be the driving factor for getting into a field but it’s an important topic that definitely needs to be addressed.


How much does a UX designer earn? If you are just starting out, how much can you make as an entry-level junior UX designer?

The goal here is not to convince you to start a whole career because of how much you can make. That would be foolish because you might end up hating your job, being constantly under pressure, or in a dead-end job situation just for the money. 

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Remember, as long as you are really good at what you do, you will get paid really well regardless of the field you are in.

This article is to get you informed about the current UX Design salaries for the main purpose of salary discussions or when negotiating a promotion. The caveat is that you are not guaranteed to earn the amounts stated because it depends on your skills level, the company you join, and the location you might be working at.

Okay, now we got that out of the way.

Let’s talk about how much you could be making as a UX designer.

I am going to break this article down by three locations, the USA, UK, and India, the top-paying companies in those locations and we will explore junior and senior-level salaries. These salaries are the average total compensation including bonuses, overtime pay, and based on stats provided by Payscale.

Let’s begin.


UX Designer salary US in 2020


Entry-level and less than a year: $62,558 based on 311 salaries

Early UX Designer career 1–4 years: $71,258 based on 3,794 salaries

Mid-level to Senior UX Designer 5–9 years: $83,519 based on 1,207 salaries

Senior UX Designer 10–19 years: $94,893 based on 488 salaries

The average salary for a UX Designer in the US is $73,999.

I know. That’s a lot of money but it makes sense considering the biggest tech companies are based in the US and how the UX field directly contributes to a company’s bottom line. 

Looking at some of the cities that a UX Designer can earn above the national average, San Francisco, California leads the way with one being able to make 31% more than the national average salary.

UX Designers earn the most in San Francisco

San Francisco, California 32% more than the national average


Seattle, Washington 13% more than the national average

New York, New York 7% than the national average

Los Angeles, California 3% than the national average

Austin, Texas 2% than the national average

Boston, Massachusetts is at the national average

Chicago, Illinois 5% less than the national average

Now let’s take a look at some of the highest paying companies for UX Designer roles. The majority are tech companies. 

Popular Employer Salaries for UX Designer in the US


Google, Inc. $123k

UX Designers earn the most at Google


Amazon.com Inc $116k

Microsoft Corp $113k

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. $86k

The Walt Disney Company $84k

Accenture $82k

Capital One Financial Corp $80k

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. $54k


UX Designer salary UK in 2020

Entry-level UX Designer less than a year: £26,068 based on 34 salaries

Early UX Designer career 1–4 years: £30,343 based on 532 salaries

Mid-level to Senior UX Designer 5–9 years: £39,077 based on 173 salaries

Senior UX Designer 10–19 years: £43,028 based on 79 salaries

The average salary for a UX Designer in the UK is £31,577

Cambridge, England

Looking at some of the cities that a UX Designer can earn above the national average, Cambridge, England leads the way with one being able to make 14.6% more than the national average salary.

Cambridge, England: Cambridgeshire 15% more than the national average
London, England: London 14% more than the national average
Manchester, England: Manchester 6% less than the national average
Bristol, England: Bristol 10% less than the national average
Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow 12% less than the national average
Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh 17% less than the national average

Now let’s take a look at how much some companies pay for UX Designer roles.


Popular Employer Salaries for UX Designer in the UK


UCAS £31k
Moneysupermarket.com £25k


UX designer salary in India in 2020

Entry-level UX Designer less than a year: ₹441,375 based on 33 salaries

Early UX Designer career 1–4 years: ₹601,001 based on 275 salaries

Mid-level to Senior UX Designer 5–9 years: ₹973,296 based on 113 salaries

Senior UX Designer 10–19 years: ₹1,285,470 based on 49 salaries

The average salary for a UX Designer in India is ₹695,863

Looking at some of the cities that a UX Designer can earn above the national average, Bangalore, Karnataka leads the way with one being able to make a massive 37.7% more than the national average salary.

Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore, Karnataka 38% more than the national average
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 4% more than the national average
New Delhi, Delhi 1% more than the national average
Mumbai, Maharashtra 9% less than the national average
Delhi, Delhi 15% less than the national average
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 21% less than the national average
Pune, Maharashtra 26% less than the national average

Now let’s take a look at how much some companies pay for UX Designer roles.

Popular Employer Salaries for UX Designer in India

Accenture ₹1m
SAP Labs India ₹1m
Tata Consultancy Services Limited ₹924k
InfoSys Limited ₹720k
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp ₹713k

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Calvin Pedzai

Analytical problem solver who enjoys crafting experiences and currently is the Senior UX designer at an awarding winning agency.