Salary Requirements in Austin, Texas

8 Feb 2011 - 5:26pm
5 years ago
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Hi there,

I had my first interview with a company who is very much interested in me. I am originally from Boston, MA and I'm currently living in Spain. The company is in Austin, TX. They wanted my salary requirements but I'm really not sure what to give them. Based on the research I've done It seems that 62k would be an accurate figure. As an intern in Boston I made 33/hour or about 67k per year equivalent. I have 2 years of experience (2 internships in Human Factors) and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering specializing in Human Factors Engineering. 

My question to you then is: is 62k for Austin, TX a good figure?

The company in question is a small firm of 9 employees doing nothing but software/hardware UX consulting for major clients like Dell and Lenovo. They are particularly interested in my hardware experience but the interviewer noted that one thing that's a major drawback is my lack of experience. However, even with that it sounded like he was very much interested in me. He wanted a second interview next week with the team and for me to e-mail him my salary requirements.


16 Feb 2011 - 5:14pm
Mike Dunn

For that level of experience I'd say you're doing very good. Cost of living in Austin is significantly less than what you are used to. Plus, Austin is fantastic!

16 Feb 2011 - 7:34pm
Josh B Williams

There is no human factors or UX data here but AIGA [1] does a salary calculator for design related professions.

The 50 percentile under the title "Position: Web developer (front end/interface systems)" was $65,000 for Austin. So if you think interface design sounds similar enough to software/hardware UX you are right about on the mark for the area. I think the calculator is fun to play with or check out the full document. The data [2] on locations is towards the back.



17 Feb 2011 - 4:15am

Thank you both for your help. I decided to turn down the offer because my spouse could not move with me to TX right away because he would need to find a job there first. I think I would prefer to move to a larger more diverse place like Boston, NYC, Seattle or San Francisco. The potential boss said that he would love to work out something with me when I get back to the States, so that's my backup plan now while I search elsewhere.

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