The data in this report is here to help inform your decisions, but not make them for you.

We’ve spent close to 3 months collecting the data, synthesizing it, drawing correlations with a data scientist, and bringing it all together in this report. Much like any data set, we will leave it up to you to draw your own inferences. The research is based specifically on designers within the DesignX community and may not always speak for every single designer in Toronto (yet!).

Labels on our sleeves

Should I be called a UX designer or UX/UI designer or a Product designer or an Interaction designer or a Design Ninja?
Ya, Ninja didn’t get many votes but not surprisingly – UX/UI designer and Product designer seems to be our label of choice.

Labels on our sleeves

Should I be called a UX designer or UX/UI designer or a Product designer or an Interaction designer or a Design Ninja?
Ya, Ninja didn’t get many votes but not surprisingly – UX/UI designer and Product designer seems to be our label of choice.

Not bad, but we can do better

Among the 463 respondents, females hold a higher percentage of Product designer and the majority of Service designer positions. Of note, men tend to receive higher compensation than women. Gender diversity in design leadership also needs more work, with less than a third of leaders being female.

Not bad, but we can do better

Among the 463 respondents, females hold a higher percentage of Product designer and the majority of Service designer positions. Of note, men tend to receive higher compensation than women. Gender diversity in design leadership also needs more work, with less than a third of leaders being female.

Average designer salaries look like…

Based on salary figures shared by intermediate designers

ART DIRECTOR

$85K-$90K

UX/UI Designer

$63K-$75K

UX Researcher

$65K-$70K

Service Designer

$68K-$72K

Graphic Designer

$55K-$60K

How many are getting that sweet bonus cheque?

Beyond the usual vacation days (71.80%), medical and dental benefits (68.60%), and sick days (59.90%); some designers have some sweet extra benefits. More autonomy, timesheet flexibility, or working remotely seems to be influenced by the startup culture. Now, only if all of us could get those catered meals, we can better use our lunch prep time to catch up on the DesignX slack conversations.

Get a sweet bonus cheque?

Beyond the usual vacation days (71.80%), medical and dental benefits (68.60%), and sick days (59.90%); some designers have some sweet extra benefits. More autonomy, timesheet flexibility, or working remotely seems to be influenced by the startup culture. Now, only if all of us could get those catered meals, we can better use our lunch prep time to catch up on the DesignX slack conversations.

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