Im trying to understand my current title. I am currently the only UX Designer on my team. Everyone comes to me for any UI/UX design decision. I've had 3 years of web design/graphic design experience(Freelance in college) and I have about 1.5 years of official UX Design experience.

Am I a lead even though I'm not leading other UXers? I have about 14 developers that I create work for. I also have 2 System Analysts and a PM.

Am I considered a "Senior" UX designer? Or am I a "Junior" UX designer? I don't have many years of experience but I do have a lot of responsibility.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  • There isn't a correct answer. You are the lead developer. As far as Junior or Senior, that depends more on time in the profession. It's hard to call yourself a Senior anything with less than 2 years on the job. – Mayo Dec 20 '16 at 19:14

Honestly, it depends on the company you're working for. They all have their own job titles and notions of seniority, and they're all relatively meaningless ;)

FWIW, in very general terms, I wouldn't expect anyone to be called a "senior" anything without having done that job for at least 5 years. But titles like "senior" or "principal" are often tied to specific pay grades within a company, so there is no hard-and-fast rule... when you hit that pay grade, then you get that title.

"Lead" is even more vague, as that varies by project and often just depends on that project manager's preference... it's not uncommon to be simultaneously "Lead [something]" on one project but not on another, and "Lead" is rarely part of any job role that you'll find in the company's HR database.

Personally, I wouldn't normally expect to be called a "lead" unless there was more than one UX person working on the project, and I was either doing most of the UX work or making the final UX decisions, regardless of the reporting structure or our relative seniority.

  • I agree with calum_b that such titles usually lean more toward "HR pay grade". I've worked for companies with small teams of 2 and 3 people, and I've worked with teams of 20 and more. In your case it would not be fitting to give yourself the title of lead, senior or junior because of the group size of your particular setting and duties as well as lack of experience. I've been doing UI/UX design and development for more than 20 years, and have consulted for a ton of companies. I've learned over the years to never get wrapped up in titles except when it comes to negotiating salary/rates. – Pegues Dec 22 '16 at 13:30

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