UX designers and UI designers are in high demand, enjoy generous salaries, and get to solve complex and impactful problems. Read on to learn more about how to get a job as a UX/UI designer in New York.
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New York is one of the top cities for UX/UI designers. In addition to ranking first in the United States when it comes to the number of UX/UI design job openings, it offers some of the most competitive salaries and opportunities for growth.
One of New York City’s strengths is that it isn’t dominated by a single company or industry—it’s home to more than a dozen major industries, ranging from finance to healthcare, trade, real estate, media, publishing, manufacturing, consumer tech, e-commerce, and fitness. The sheer size and diversity of the city—both in terms of population and business sectors—means that there is no shortage of products and services being made and used. It also means that there’s an enormous need for designers to help build and improve those products and services.
Whether it’s New York media giants like Bloomberg or Condé Nast, transportation services like the NYC MTA, financial organizations like Capital One or Plaid, e-commerce platforms such as Etsy or Rent the Runway or fitness companies such as Peloton or Equinox, companies large and small increasingly understand that UX/UI design is no longer a “nice to have”—it’s a basic requirement to ensure that their products and services remain competitive.
This is why the demand for designers who can build platforms and apps that factor in user experiences and interactions has grown so much over the past ten years and continues to surge in a city like New York. UX/UI designers themselves are being recognized for their valuable contributions—UX designer salaries frequently exceed $100,000; both startups and legacy companies are on UX designer hiring sprees; and those in UX/UI design roles are finally getting a seat at the upper management table.
There’s no set path to becoming a UX/UI designer in New York, but below are some proven tips to get you closer toward that dream UX/UI design job.
In addition to having the most number of UX/UI design job openings in the country, New York City offers the most diverse range of opportunities. The city is uniquely positioned as a hub for multiple industries, all of which are actively hiring designers with expertise in digital experiences, user experience design, and user interface design.
The types of UX/UI roles available also span the experience gamut. For example, New York companies HelloFresh, Public Goods, and Macy’s all recently posted job listings for junior UX designers (1-3 years of experience), while companies such as Peloton, ZocDoc, and the Meredith Corporation sought UX designers with at least 5+ years of experience.
Many Silicon Valley technology companies have a significant outpost in New York City, most major advertising, public relations, and branding agencies have their headquarters in the surrounding region, and the city remains fertile ground for startups of all sizes—all of this means that there are opportunities for UX/UI designers to rise through the ranks, choose from organizations ranging from seed-round startups to publicly traded companies, and find new ways to challenge themselves.
More than a dozen major industries–from finance and tech to the media and the arts–have a significant presence in New York City. Some New York-based companies (or companies with NY outposts) that are hiring UX/UI designers include:
UX/UI designers in New York City make four percent above the national U.S. average, according to Glassdoor.
Entry-level UX/UI designers in New York City earn an average base salary of around $78,110, with cash and stock bonuses that can range between $2,000-17,000.
Senior-level UX/UI designers in New York City earn an average base salary of around $104,614, with cash and stock bonuses that can range between $2,000-21,000.
There are many casual and formal UX/UI design groups and conferences held in New York City where designers can network, share career and collaboration opportunities, and post listings for UX designer jobs. Some of those groups include:
Many entry-level UX/UI design jobs in New York require candidates to know at least the basics of design—from familiarity with tools such as Sketch and Figma to knowing how to apply design thinking to solve a problem. These skills can be learned without any prior design or technical experience.
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