UX/Product designer compensation

Facebook / Eng
arwo

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Amazon
arwomore
Aug 12, 2018 21 Comments

I'm a SWE and considering possibility of switching to a designer. Wondering what would be the compensation like for designers in FLAG. As a SWE myself I found most statistic website usually don't reflect salaries I have or I heard, so want to get some first hand information here.

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  • Google bubblegums
    New grad at fb/google design is around 105-110k base, 100k rsu, 15% target bonus
    Aug 12, 2018 3
    • Facebook / Eng
      omra

      Facebook Eng

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      Amazon
      omramore
      Thanks for sharing. Sounds about same level as new grad eng.
      Aug 12, 2018
    • New / Design xqG4z
      Can corroborate these numbers
      Aug 12, 2018
    • Lazard fin/tech
      exactly, da fuq are the people before talking about
      Aug 13, 2018
  • McKinsey Moonface
    If you switch you probably will have to start from the bottom. So 80-90k for Bay Area product designer. That number can grow to easily 400k+ once you’re director.
    Aug 12, 2018 2
    • Facebook / Eng
      omra

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      omramore
      Thanks for the information. Is that base or TC? Does designer usually get equality as well?
      Aug 12, 2018
    • McKinsey Moonface
      I’m talking base, usually there will be equity in tech. Consulting is more bonus focused
      Aug 12, 2018
  • Airbnb Gr888
    From my experience here and talking with others, engineering and designer TC at “top tier” companies are very similar. Same bands for base and bonus. Equity might be but heavier for eng but I mean, generous compared to 99% of other companies out there.

    I share a similar question with sostrange that a career change starts you all over again with just as many challenges getting into the best companies. Best of luck with it. Design is a rewarding experience.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng VlCX25
    Why?
    Aug 12, 2018 2
    • Facebook / Eng
      omra

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      omramore
      Purely out of personal interest.
      Aug 12, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng VlCX25
      Everyone’s different, so I don’t see a problem with that. Good luck! :)
      Aug 12, 2018
  • New / Eng Painkiller
    60K in a lot of places. 150k for exceptional skills.
    Aug 12, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng
      omra

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      omramore
      Base or TC?
      Aug 12, 2018
  • Uber kylojen
    At top tech companies the salary is usually just a little below SWE on a level by level basis.
    Aug 13, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    Ackack89

    New Eng

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    Ackack89more
    I make about 90k and I do it all from the wireframes, research, and prototyping. Even though it’s a small company I feel Im gonna need to ask for a raise soon from all the things I do. But maybe I’m wrong 🤷‍♂️
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • Square Sostrange
    Hard to imagine an eng passing a top tier company’s hiring bar for design
    Aug 12, 2018 2
    • Facebook / Eng
      omra

      Facebook Eng

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      Amazon
      omramore
      I can hardly imagine myself passing top tier eng bar yet I still got in a few top tier companies and did job right. So I'm not a believer of so called "bar".
      Aug 12, 2018
    • Square Sostrange
      Self doubt and imposter syndrome are far from uncommon in tech. Trust me, the bar exists.
      Aug 12, 2018
  • Google / Design magatama
    Area and level?
    Aug 12, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng
      omra

      Facebook Eng

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      Amazon
      omramore
      I guess if I make a career switch then must start from entry level. But also interested in mid/senior levels compensation since i gotta have a goal. As for area I'm more interested in user facing software. Mobile and web are both fine.
      Aug 12, 2018
  • Amazon / Product AllSaints
    If you can design, you should do it. What got you thinking about it in the first place? TC is on par with engineering, mostly. Highest level engineers probably make more on average though.
    Aug 14, 2018 0

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