User Experience Job Outlook

UX Design Career Path

After earning a User Experience (UX) Design career certificate through NYIAD, you’ll have studied the conceptual and technical elements to help you pursue employment as an entry-level UX designer. The top industries hiring UX designers include ecommerce, information technology, finance and insurance, media and content, and enterprise software.

Working as an entry-level or junior UX designer, you’ll most likely be a part of a larger team, be given a blueprint of specific tasks to complete, and be able to learn from more senior designers. But, depending on additional skills and experience you’ve gained throughout your career, you may also have the ability to work as a freelance designer, creating your own business.

Because effective user experience and user interface design is crucial to the success of most businesses, they more often than not employ an entire UX/UI design team. So, there is ample opportunity to gain promotions within an organization to roles such as Mid-level UX Designer, Senior UX Designer, and Lead UX Designer. You can create further opportunities for yourself by gaining expertise in web development, giving you the ability to both mock design prototypes and implement live on a website

UX Design Average Salary

According to Payscale, the average base salary for entry-level or junior UX designers is $67,701 per year.1 The average UX designer earns $78,472 a year, or $37.57 an hour.2 The user experience design field is a lucrative career path due to growth opportunities within the discipline and the fact that UX/UI design skills can be paired with other web development expertise.

1 Payscale. "Average Entry-Level UX Designer Salary." Accessed February 16, 2024.
2 Payscale. “Average UX Designer Salary.” Accessed February 16, 2024.

Statements found on Payscale are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country. Statistics found on Payscale are based on their data collection methodologies, which may or may not reflect your area.