Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

On average, Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($99K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Integrated Circuit Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$60,820 - $145,253
$61K
$99K
$150K
MEDIAN: $98,811
10%
50%
90%

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$23.40 - $64.00
$30
MEDIAN: $30.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$60,820 - $145,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$9,826  
Total Pay (?
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$60,043 - $163,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$30.00  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,826  
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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$60,043 - $163,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer

Of all technological innovations in the last several decades, few have proven as vital as the integrated circuit. Computational electronics that once required bulky vacuum tubes and acres of space are now made so small that they fit in your pocket. Advances in integrated circuitry and semiconductors are the brain-children of integrated circuit designers; using their expertise in both electronics and computers, the integrated circuit designer builds the framework for the layout of circuitry to perform any manner of tasks, and designs the circuitry to maximize capabilities while minimizing waste heat, inefficiency and other safety issues.

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Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Tasks

  • Design, simulate, synthesize, and verify of RTL code (Verilog/VHDL) for digital sub-systems of system-on-a-chip (SOC) ICs.
  • Participate in specification discussion, architecture selection and translate specifications into electrical schematics.
  • Use programming languages (C, Perl, TCL etc.) to improve the efficiency of the design and verification tasks.
  • Work with Layout Team on place/route and timing closure.
  • Design and verify microprocessor based digital systems.

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Popular Skills for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer


Integrated Circuit Designers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Cadence, Cadence Electronic Design Software, and verilog can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include verilog, Cadence Electronic Design Software, and Cadence. Cadence Electronic Design Software and verilog are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer

Pay by Experience for an Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 35 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 9 salaries. An Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $151,000 based on 9 salaries.

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Key Stats for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

▲39%

▲5%

National Average
$101,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

National Average
$101,000

▼4%


verilog
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 10%
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