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Design Verification Engineer Salary (United States)

Design Verification Engineers in the United States take home an average $94K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Design Verification Engineers can bottom out near $70K or peak near $141K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The vast majority (87 percent) of Design Verification Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Design Verification Engineer Salary (?
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$68,829 - $132,700
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MEDIAN: $94,087
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Design Verification Engineer Salary (?
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$27.40 - $66.38
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National Salary Data

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$68,829 - $132,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,574  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $11,074  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,735 - $140,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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$27.40 - $66.38  
   
Overtime
$39.25 - $61.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,574  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $11,074  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,735 - $140,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Design Verification Engineer

A design verification engineer works to debug and verify designs and potential products as needed by their company. They attempt to identify and solve as many problems as possible with a product before its public launch; this includes using products in other ways than intended use to identify safety concerns, design flaws, and problem areas. A design verification engineer must be able to work on a wide range of projects in a variety of areas.
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Design Verification Engineer Tasks
  • Create scripts to automate and test processes.
  • Write verification plans, test them and improve methodologies and toolsets.
  • Develop verification environments and processes.
  • Explain and communicate verification needs and results.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Design Verification Engineer

Broadcom Corporation does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $109K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $79K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $149K.
Offering a median salary of only $98K, Intel Corporation gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $68K to $135K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Design Verification Engineer

Survey results suggest that Design Verification Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in SystemVerilog, verilog, Perl, and Verilog Vhdl are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Board Design / Debug, C, and System Verilog. Most people who know C++ also know Verilog Vhdl. It is often found that people who know verilog are also skilled in Perl, Verilog Vhdl, and C.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Verification Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Design Verification Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $102K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $85K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $125K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $137K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Design Verification Engineers will find that Santa Clara offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Design Verification Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Design Verification Engineer Salaries

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$98,000

Skills That Affect Design Verification Engineer Salaries

SystemVerilog
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$98,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%