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 Seattle.
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Seattle is among the top U.S. cities for UX/UI designers, behind only New York City and San Francisco when it comes to the number of job opportunities and salary potential.
Although it’s a city dominated by Amazon and Microsoft—both of which are on hiring sprees for UX/UI design talent and routinely offer salary and benefits packages exceeding $120,000—Seattle is beginning to diversify its UX/UI design opportunities.
Companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Disney, HP, and Oracle are growing their bases in Seattle, and local corporations such as Starbucks, Nintendo, Bungie, Zillow, Expedia, and PopCap Games continue to build their design and technology teams. Seattle is also home to many boutique UX design and branding agencies, which means more variety and opportunities for creative professionals.
Compared to the design-driven companies of the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle’s biggest players, like Amazon and Microsoft, are better known for having engineer-driven cultures. That said, the city’s tech and gaming firms have wizened up to the importance of UX/UI design and have in recent years started to play catch-up with their Californian counterparts by offering designers high salaries, job stability, and ample opportunities, propelling Seattle into the top five job markets for UX/UI designers, according to InVision.
There’s no set path to becoming a UX/UI designer in San Francisco, but below are some proven tips to get you closer to that dream UX/UI design job.
Amazon and Microsoft are the two biggest employers in Seattle, so it’s not unusual for UX/UI designers to build their careers by hopping between the two. And while both organizations offer ways for a UX/UI designer to climb the ranks, from internships to roles in management, UX/UI designers in Seattle have a range of options when it comes to the kind of company they want to work for and the ways they can both develop and flex their experience.
For example, Costco, Qualtrics, and Expedia all recently posted job listings in the Seattle area for junior UX designers (1-3 years of experience), while companies such as Zulily, Big Fish Games, Bungie, and PopCap sought UX designers with at least 5+ years of experience.
Many Silicon Valley technology companies such as Facebook, Google, and Salesforce also have a significant outpost in Seattle, along with a range of IT, cloud computing, and e-commerce startups. All of this means that, contrary to the common narrative of there only being two large companies in Seattle to work for, there are actually many more opportunities spanning different industries and businesses.
Some Seattle-based companies (or companies with Seattle outposts) that are hiring UX/UI designers include:
UX/UI designers in Seattle make twelve percent above the national U.S. average, according to Glassdoor.
Entry-level UX/UI designers in Seattle earn an average base salary of around $83,476, with cash and stock bonuses that can range between $1,600-18,000.
Senior-level UX/UI designers in Seattle earn an average base salary of around $107,449, with cash and stock bonuses that can range between $2,000-22,000.
There are many casual and formal UX/UI design groups and conferences held in Seattle 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 Seattle 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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