Web and Digital Interface Designers
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Overview
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Design digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
About 69% of web and digital interface designers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by web and digital interface designers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More web and digital interface designers have bachelor's degrees than 79% of other careeers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for web developers and digital interface designers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most web developers and digital interface designers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 40% of web and digital interface designers -- that's a larger percentage than 52% of other jobs.
Gender of web and digital interface designers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For web and digital interface designers, the median men's salary was 15% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 21% of web and digital interface designers are minority, and 14% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of web and digital interface designers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (14%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Web and Digital Interface Designers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of web and digital interface designers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (62%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do web and digital interface designers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for web and digital interface designers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for web and digital interface designers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire web and digital interface designers.
Employers of Web and Digital Interface Designers (ACS)
Private for-profit (66.0%)
Private not-for-profit (9.1%)
Local government (2.1%)
State government (4.0%)
Federal government (1.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (6.0%)
Self-employed not incorporated (11.0%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of web and digital interface designers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$57K$35K$58K$62K$55K$61K$46K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of web and digital interface designers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for web and digital interface designers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Web and digital interface designers and gender

With 40% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 52% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Web and digital interface designers
Men (60%)
Women (40%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is a little better for web and digital interface designers, with the median salary for men 15% higher than the median salary for women.

$53K$61K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of web and digital interface designers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. The percentage of minority web and digital interface designers falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of web and digital interface designers
White (77% )
Asian (10% )
Black (8% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
21%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for web and digital interface designers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$51K$52K$57K$70K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for web and digital interface designers by nativity
$56K$66K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Web and digital interface designers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 19% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 65% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time web and digital interface designers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by web and digital interface designers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), web and digital interface designers typically hold a .

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as web and digital interface designers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for web and digital interface designers

Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate’s degree in web design or related field is the most common requirement.

However, for more specialized developer positions, such as back-end web developers, some employers prefer workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field.

Web developers need to have a thorough understanding of HTML programming. Many employers also want developers to understand other programming languages, such as JavaScript or SQL, and have knowledge of multimedia publishing tools, such as Flash. Throughout their career, web developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Some employers prefer web developers who have both a computer degree and coursework in graphic design, especially if the developer will be heavily involved in the website’s visual appearance.

Education attained by web and digital interface designers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for web and digital interface designers? Below we see the distribution of web and digital interface designers salaries based on the education attained.

$50K$45K$51K$62K$67K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KHigh School (6%)Some College (14%)Associate's/Cert. (10%)Bachelor's Degree (55%)Master's Degree (13%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

College majors held by web and digital interface designers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as web and digital interface designers.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Percentage of Web and digital interface designers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers

With the following sankey diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as web and digital interface designers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.

Software DevelopersComputer ProgrammersComputer and Information ...Specialized ManagersSpecialized Computer Occu...Computer Systems AnalystsComputer User Support Spe...Software Quality Assuranc...Management AnalystsNetwork and Computer Syst...Graphic DesignersSpecialized DesignersInterior DesignersArtists and related worke...First-Line Supervisors of...Elementary and Middle Sch...Retail SalespersonsCustomer Service Represen...Floral DesignersWholesale and Manufacturi...Labor Relations Specialis...Marketing ManagersSecretaries and Administr...Lawyers, and judges, magi...Information Security Anal...Postsecondary TeachersSecondary School TeachersEducation and childcare a...EditorsWriters and AuthorsSales ManagersMarket Research Analysts ...Sales Representatives of ...First-Line Supervisors of...Accountants and AuditorsFinancial ManagersChief executives and legi...Producers and DirectorsTelevision, video, and fi...Computer ScienceCommercial Art andGraphic DesignCommunicationsGeneral Computer andInformation SystemsEnglish Language andLiteratureFine ArtsMarketingBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessMass MediaAll other degreesThis jobTop 10 majorsEach major's top ten jobs
What college major is your best entry?

About 69% of people working as web and digital interface designers have at least a bachelor's degree. Each dot represents a college major leading to these jobs, with the dots to the right representing the majors sending the most of their grads into this career. The dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career.

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Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most web and digital interface designers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as web and digital interface designers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Web and Digital Interface Designers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where web and digital interface designers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for web and digital interface designers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for web and digital interface designers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Web and Digital Interface Designers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which web and digital interface designers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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