Bear in mind this guide will not able to cover the ever-growing number of UX job titles, but I’ve picked the ones which are more generic everywhere or I could find a related data from Amsterdam to Warsaw back and forth.
Oh talking about data…
Yes the elephant in the room is the used methodology for collecting and analysis of data to be trustful and representative.
I have to say I wasn’t in an easy spot to gather all these salary values in certain European countries, but thankfully LinkedIn salary insights, Glassdoor, UX design salaries, Salary explorer and Quora were all by my side (kudos to all of them!).
In the tables below the collected salary amounts are representing an average range of gross income for a certain city not counting with any additional benefits like bonus schemes or stock options, which might take quite a sum and based on the country regulation it’s a fair option for the company to balance the gross salary out. Please bear in mind for the sake of simplicity I’ve used €(euro) as a basis for comparison, but this implies the risk of conversion between currencies as well, which might change based on the country’s economy over time.
I have to highlight this is not a scientific research, it’s just a helpful guide for 2021 to show a little broader perspective for the upcoming salary negotiations of the future. With this note let’s jump into the list and the different UX positions around Europe.
Other job titles: UX/UI Designer, User Experience Designer, Experience Designer, Interaction Designer
Job description: A UX designer is concerned with the entire process of acquiring and integrating a product, including aspects of branding, design, usability and function. It is a story that begins before the device is even in the user’s hands. (Source)
Common job titles: User Interface Designer, Web UI Designer
UI (user interface) designers often pick up where UX designers’ role leaves off. UX designers deliver prototypes and/or low to mid-fidelity wireframes to UI designers, who take that documentation and transform it into full, detailed wireframes. They hand these wireframes off to the developers to turn it all into a real, out-in-the-world, working product.
Other job title: Digital Product Designer
Product designers help make products which aren’t just easy and delightful (or at least satisfying) to use, but also fine-tuned to do consistently well in the marketplace. They help define product goals, create product roadmaps (high-level summaries or 6–12-month forecasts of product offerings and features) and, ideally, help brands release successful products. (Source)
Other job title: UX copywriter
UX Writers advocate for design and help shape product experiences by crafting copy that helps users complete the task at hand.
Common job titles: Experience Researcher, Research specialist
UX (user experience) research is the systematic study of target users and their requirements, to add realistic contexts and insights to design processes. UX researchers adopt various methods to uncover problems and design opportunities. Doing so, they reveal valuable information which can be fed into the design process. (Source)
No matter where you find yourself (or want to go) in your UX career or geographically, these UX roles provide plenty of room for exploration and opportunity to put your greatest strengths to good use. Whether you’ve got a data-driven mind, a knack for research, a talent for business strategy, a way with words, an eye for aesthetics, a heart for creating products that delight users, or all the above-there’s a career in UX to match. Remember, your expected salary will depend largely on where you live, your level of experience, and what type of company you work for.
All in all, regardless of your current job situation or the pandemic, the most important is to keep your heads up as the tech industry adapts to the ever evolving needs of users and businesses, and as job titles proliferate, there seems to be an increasing capacity for UX professionals who specialize in a specific area (ie, research, strategy, writing). Even in light of emerging (or established) specializations, there’s still steady demand for talented, multi-faceted, UX generalists who can navigate every aspect of the design process.