Monday, May 08, 2006

Salary Trends for Usability Professionals

Salary review...

"Over the last several years, entry-level salaries have dropped, while pay for experienced usability staff has been more stable.

Usability professionals' salaries seem to have stabilized following the wild ride of the dot-com bubble around 2000. Many salary surveys have been conducted since 1998, but the real picture only emerges once you unify the findings and consider the data across studies.

The following chart shows the average annual salary for two types of usability professionals in the United States:
A person with five years' experience working as a usability professional.
An entry-level person with essentially no industry work experience.

These curves don't plot the raw numbers from the individual studies. In each case, I've taken the original findings and run them through mathematical models to clean up some of the methodological uncertainties inherent in salary surveys. Despite these efforts, my two curves are still only approximations. For example, it was definitely not the case that experienced staff temporarily had higher compensation in 2004 than in 2003 and 2005. That bump on the red curve is a study artifact that my calculations didn't remove."   continued ...   (Via Useit)

A usability salary overview - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

A usability salary overview


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