User Experience Design Professionals :: Salary and Levels

19 Jan 2007 - 3:07pm
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Steven Keith
2007

I am increasing the size of a user-centered design team am considering
additional UXD folks. I am curious about your ideas and feelings about a
taboo subject. Does anyone feel like they have experience or their mind
around how to best add ³junior² UXD folks to an existing UCD team. Typical
or expected salary (Southeast US: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC),
delineation of tasks, etc. Having a hard time finding relevant info/data to
support hiring the right folks. Love to hear your ideas or experience.

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19 Jan 2007 - 3:18pm
Máirín Duffy
2005

Hi Steven,

Steven Keith wrote:
> I am increasing the size of a user-centered design team am considering
> additional UXD folks. I am curious about your ideas and feelings about a
> taboo subject. Does anyone feel like they have experience or their mind
> around how to best add ³junior² UXD folks to an existing UCD team. Typical
> or expected salary (Southeast US: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC),
> delineation of tasks, etc. Having a hard time finding relevant info/data to
> support hiring the right folks. Love to hear your ideas or experience.

You might find the AIGA / AQUENT Survey of Design Salaries a useful
resource?

http://www5.designersalaries.com/aigaaquent/Home.form

The 'refine selection' button lets you get more particular about the
different variables involved. They just have generic 'designer'
positions though; nothing UXD-specific.

~m

19 Jan 2007 - 3:40pm
Michele Marut
2005
19 Jan 2007 - 3:51pm
dmitryn
2004

This one is a couple of years old, but might also be helpful:

http://www.spiritsoftworks.com/resources/2004-salary-survey.htm

On 1/19/07, Michele Marut <mmarut15 at gmail.com> wrote:
> See also
>
> UPA 2005 Member and Salary Survey
>
> http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/usability_resources/surveys/2005_upa_salary_survey.pdf
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19 Jan 2007 - 4:08pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

pdfs "hurts" my (soul)...

2007/1/19, Michele Marut <mmarut15 en gmail.com>:
>
> See also
>
> UPA 2005 Member and Salary Survey
>
>
> http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/usability_resources/surveys/2005_upa_salary_survey.pdf
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19 Jan 2007 - 4:14pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Jan 19, 2007, at 1:08 PM, Esteban Barahona wrote:

> pdfs "hurts" my (soul)...
>

Esteban, you do know it's not required to reply to every post, don't
you? ;)

19 Jan 2007 - 4:15pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

it's a random excercise...

2007/1/19, Dan Saffer <dan en odannyboy.com>:
>
> On Jan 19, 2007, at 1:08 PM, Esteban Barahona wrote:
>
> > pdfs "hurts" my (soul)...
> >
>
> Esteban, you do know it's not required to reply to every post, don't
> you? ;)
>
>
>

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19 Jan 2007 - 4:17pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

Have you heard Third Eye by Tool?!

2007/1/19, Steven Keith <skeith en capstrat.com>:
>
> I am increasing the size of a user-centered design team am considering
> additional UXD folks. I am curious about your ideas and feelings about a
> taboo subject. Does anyone feel like they have experience or their mind
> around how to best add ³junior² UXD folks to an existing UCD team. Typical
> or expected salary (Southeast US: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC),
> delineation of tasks, etc. Having a hard time finding relevant info/data
> to
> support hiring the right folks. Love to hear your ideas or experience.
>
> --
> Steven Keith
> Director, Interactive Communications
> Capstrat.com
> P:(919) 882-1972
> M:(919) 771-5219
>
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19 Jan 2007 - 4:20pm
Vishal Subraman...
2005

an exercise in what? If I may ask...

On 1/19/07, Esteban Barahona <esteban.barahona at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> it's a random excercise...
>
> 2007/1/19, Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com>:
> >
> > On Jan 19, 2007, at 1:08 PM, Esteban Barahona wrote:
> >
> > > pdfs "hurts" my (soul)...
> > >
> >
> > Esteban, you do know it's not required to reply to every post, don't
> > you? ;)
> >
> >
> >
>
>
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19 Jan 2007 - 10:23pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jan 19, 2007, at 2:14 PM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> you do know it's not required to reply to every post, don't
> you? ;)

Damn.

Now you tell me.

Oh. nevermind.

Pretend I didn't reply.

20 Jan 2007 - 2:42am
Esteban Barahona
2006

timing

4 8
1 2 3 4 5 - 6 7

8 is the eight-fold path 4 is half the eight fold path... there's only logic
in buddhism. moo (aka buddhism) defies logic and accept logic.

have anyone read of theory of chaos?

lets do an excersise:

focus on the screen, put your hand on the "save now" gmail's button, will
the button to save (yey, I do it twice) without using the keyboard or the
mouse...

I just do it 2 times (mentally click on the save button) plus 1
negative-time. that's a triad. a powerful 3

3 was respected by wise-nature druids... 3 is just a number though.

/* I "wish" the girls I amwillhave watched "remember" me, actually I don't
care */

maybe the noise is in your end? Are you using what? ethernet? WiFi?

I'm using high-level telepathy...

casts/eats wisdom every nanosecond

20 Jan 2007 - 4:17am
Yury Frolov
2006

Esteban, what are you smoking?
Time to take a brake???????????
Y.

On Jan 19, 2007, at 11:42 PM, Esteban Barahona wrote:

> timing
>
> 4 8
> 1 2 3 4 5 - 6 7
>
> 8 is the eight-fold path 4 is half the eight fold path... there's
> only logic
> in buddhism. moo (aka buddhism) defies logic and accept logic.
>
> have anyone read of theory of chaos?
>
> lets do an excersise:
>
> focus on the screen, put your hand on the "save now" gmail's
> button, will
> the button to save (yey, I do it twice) without using the keyboard
> or the
> mouse...
>
> I just do it 2 times (mentally click on the save button) plus 1
> negative-time. that's a triad. a powerful 3
>
> 3 was respected by wise-nature druids... 3 is just a number though.
>
> /* I "wish" the girls I amwillhave watched "remember" me, actually
> I don't
> care */
>
> maybe the noise is in your end? Are you using what? ethernet? WiFi?
>
> I'm using high-level telepathy...
>
> casts/eats wisdom every nanosecond
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20 Jan 2007 - 8:38am
Esteban Barahona
2006

yes... time to take a break.

2007/1/20, Yury Frolov | Studio Asterisk* <yury en studioasterisk.com>:
>
> Esteban, what are you smoking?Time to take a brake???????????
> Y.
>
> On Jan 19, 2007, at 11:42 PM, Esteban Barahona wrote:
>
> timing
>
> 4 8
> 1 2 3 4 5 - 6 7
>
> 8 is the eight-fold path 4 is half the eight fold path... there's only
> logic
> in buddhism. moo (aka buddhism) defies logic and accept logic.
>
> have anyone read of theory of chaos?
>
> lets do an excersise:
>
> focus on the screen, put your hand on the "save now" gmail's button, will
> the button to save (yey, I do it twice) without using the keyboard or the
> mouse...
>
> I just do it 2 times (mentally click on the save button) plus 1
> negative-time. that's a triad. a powerful 3
>
> 3 was respected by wise-nature druids... 3 is just a number though.
>
> /* I "wish" the girls I amwillhave watched "remember" me, actually I don't
> care */
>
> maybe the noise is in your end? Are you using what? ethernet? WiFi?
>
> I'm using high-level telepathy...
>
> casts/eats wisdom every nanosecond
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21 Jan 2007 - 5:28pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

// forwarding...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Esteban Barahona <esteban.barahona en gmail.com>
Date: 21-ene-2007 16:27
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] User Experience Design Professionals ::
Salaryand Levels
To: Peter Boersma <peter en peterboersma.com>

2007/1/20, Peter Boersma <peter en peterboersma.com>:
>
> Esteban,
>
> As much as I like to see an active member on this list, I think you are
> overdoing it a bit. Granted, this may be a personal thing, but given Dan
> Saffer's public response, plus maybe others like this one, would you please
> consider limiting your postings?
>
> But what really goes against netiquette is the way you reply to messages
> from the list: All too often I see one or two lines of reply, followed by a
> copy of the entire message.
> This may be fine for interpersonal messages, but for messages that go to a
> lot of people, many of whom are receiving the digest-version of the list,
> this is a waste of bandwith. It is a matter of courtesy to only quote
> relevant parts of the message you reply to, and remove extraneous bits
> including signatures (both from the original poster and any text added by
> the mailing list software).
> So again, but this time a bit more serious, would you consider changing
> your posting behaviour?
>
> For the purpose of education, I have left your message below as it reached
> me. I encourage you to consider how you could improve your quoting in this
> case...
>
> (...)
>

Hi

Peter
>

I know netiqutte... but was on an... hmm... how to explain...

I was trying to learn zen and chakra... but they're way too powerful...

I apologize for all in this list for my behavior on the "Network of
WorldWide Chakras"...

You'all are my teachers... and I can try to answer some of the stuff that is
happenning... to me... to the world... I dun¡t know

IxD is a neat proffession. We should all try to be the best IxD
proffessional... but not to "compete"... hm....

we should get what kinds of human-machine interactions are needed ... and
even what kinds of human-human interactions are needed.

Let's do a collective experiment:

Watch (with ettiquete... not like a pervert) every technology user
casually... struggling with this technological energy (I say energy cuss
matter does not exist, matter is a form of energy, and life a complex form
of energy... quite weird.). They fear the hell of it!

And how not! If "we control" the atom (which is just a "breaking point" in
all the "sizes of essencial "stuff").

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21 Jan 2007 - 5:53pm
Kevin Wong
2007

Esteban,

I am a student like yourself (I assume). Your contribution to the
mailing list is always welcome, but a degree in substantiating our
discussion comments is highly encouraged.

> I was trying to learn zen and chakra... but they're way too
> powerful...

Now to clarify, could you please indicate the relevance of your study
of zen and chakra with interaction design on say, a new subject
line? I feel confused and incomplete when I try to understand your
point of view to its fullest.

> IxD is a neat proffession. We should all try to be the best IxD
> proffessional... but not to "compete"... hm....

I don't believe we are competing, but we do argue and respectfully
disagree with each other as forward thinkers. This much I presume
you understand. And yes, IxD is indeed neat. I love it. I'm sure
everyone else here does too!

> Watch (with ettiquete... not like a pervert) every technology user
> casually... struggling with this technological energy (I say energy
> cuss
> matter does not exist, matter is a form of energy, and life a
> complex form
> of energy... quite weird.).

We do this already. IxD is a practice of observation and empathy.
The energy you're referring too is the "space" that the person and
their engagement with some other entity. Understanding the meaning
and process of that engagement is essential to inspire our creative
design thinking. So I can see where you're coming from in that
respect, or correct me if I'm wrong.

> You'all are my teachers...

I agree with you there. But we can also be all peers of each other too.

Anyways, I hope this experience will help enhance the overall
learning we share here on this mailing list. I look forward to your
future comments.

-Kevin

21 Jan 2007 - 6:04pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

2007/1/21, Kevin Wong <kevinwong en kvwong.com>:
>
> Esteban,
>
> I am a student like yourself (I assume). Your contribution to the
> mailing list is always welcome, but a degree in substantiating our
> discussion comments is highly encouraged.
>
> > I was trying to learn zen and chakra... but they're way too
> > powerful...
>
> Now to clarify, could you please indicate the relevance of your study
> of zen and chakra with interaction design on say, a new subject
> line? I feel confused and incomplete when I try to understand your
> point of view to its fullest.

What can I say... I'm "designer of chakras" now... but "designer of
interaction" later...

> IxD is a neat proffession. We should all try to be the best IxD
> > proffessional... but not to "compete"... hm....
>
> I don't believe we are competing, but we do argue and respectfully
> disagree with each other as forward thinkers. This much I presume
> you understand. And yes, IxD is indeed neat. I love it. I'm sure
> everyone else here does too!

you're spot on... when a designer makes/creates something from his/her heart
it's not competing against fellow peers... but it's just trying to get a
market... the "competition" is on the market... but I guess few want to buy
a copy of a dvd of Tool to "swallow it's chakras" and make an experimental
counter-video. So... I happy for life, just start drafting ideas for that
video on my head and making notes on paper... time is so much when properly
utilized... humans doesn't have to live 100 years to make something great,
we have prime examples:

Da Vinci, Bethoven, Mozart, Picaso, etc

> Watch (with ettiquete... not like a pervert) every technology user
> > casually... struggling with this technological energy (I say energy
> > cuss
> > matter does not exist, matter is a form of energy, and life a
> > complex form
> > of energy... quite weird.).
>
> We do this already. IxD is a practice of observation and empathy.
> The energy you're referring too is the "space" that the person and
> their engagement with some other entity. Understanding the meaning
> and process of that engagement is essential to inspire our creative
> design thinking. So I can see where you're coming from in that
> respect, or correct me if I'm wrong.

you're spot on... for some reason:

I'm a "freshman" on the local Design Academia. The "presentation" for the
first years (ie: freshmans and freshgals) was basically me getting into a
deep meditation state and "behaving as a "puppet master" (not "puppets"...
that's invasion of privacy, but I visualized in this way to be quiet)...

it finished with 2 deep breaths.
1) Mine "executed in perfection", the rest just laughed
2) Mine "executed in perfection" ...but a little "softer", the rest
relaxing-flexing

They were a bit numbed though... ^_^

> You'all are my teachers...
>
> I agree with you there. But we can also be all peers of each other too.
>
> Anyways, I hope this experience will help enhance the overall
> learning we share here on this mailing list. I look forward to your
> future comments.
>
> -Kevin

Thanks Kevin... actually peers sound much better... text-based interaction
happen more like "water" (dynamically) when respecting each others
*^(-/*spaces*/-)^*

^_^ metta, my IxD peers... btw "Diseño de Interacción" sounds neat, too.

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21 Jan 2007 - 9:58pm
Manish Govind P...
2006

Hi Steven,

You haven't written about the exact kind of profile
you're looking at. One can get a lot of things done
from a junior designer( not limiting to design, but
extending it to coding etc). Salary should compliment
that ain't it?

The whole problem as I've experienced, for any salary
survey to be relevant, is that there are no set roles
for design professionals in the industry. The profile
changes according to the organisation needs. Where a
demand for a doctor can specify
surgery/medicine/type,etc, the same cannot be done by
a design studio.

Any thoughts on this?

EOM
Thanks and Regards
Manish Pillewar
Sr. User Experience Designer
Bangalore

I am increasing the size of a user-centered design
team am considering
additional UXD folks. I am curious about your ideas
and feelings about
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22 Jan 2007 - 1:09pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

It's like an old school merchant:

I'm (moo) and know IxD, how much are you willing to pay me...

and the other retort...

the only problem is when there's greed/ignorance in between the
interaction...

that's just...

I remembered that I g2g. And that I can only post 5 times per day...

2007/1/21, manish pillewar <manish1022 en yahoo.co.uk>:
>
> Hi Steven,
>
> You haven't written about the exact kind of profile
> you're looking at. One can get a lot of things done
> from a junior designer( not limiting to design, but
> extending it to coding etc). Salary should compliment
> that ain't it?
>
> The whole problem as I've experienced, for any salary
> survey to be relevant, is that there are no set roles
> for design professionals in the industry. The profile
> changes according to the organisation needs. Where a
> demand for a doctor can specify
> surgery/medicine/type,etc, the same cannot be done by
> a design studio.
>
> Any thoughts on this?
>
> EOM
> Thanks and Regards
> Manish Pillewar
> Sr. User Experience Designer
> Bangalore
>
> I am increasing the size of a user-centered design
> team am considering
> additional UXD folks. I am curious about your ideas
> and feelings about
> ---SNIPPED------------------
> Steven Keith
> Director, Interactive Communications
> Capstrat.com
> P:(919) 882-1972
> M:(919) 771-5219
>
>
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