Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $94K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Integrated Circuit Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,962 - $146,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,423  
Profit Sharing
$6,525  
Total Pay (?
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$61,951 - $154,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Hourly Rate
$30.00  
   
Overtime
$45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,423  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,525  
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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$61,951 - $154,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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

  • Work with Layout Team on place/route and timing closure.
  • Design and verify microprocessor based digital systems.
  • Use programming languages (C, Perl, TCL etc.) to improve the efficiency of the design and verification 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.

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Popular Skills for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer


Integrated Circuit Designers note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Cadence, Cadence Electronic Design Software, and verilog can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include verilog and Cadence Electronic Design Software. Cadence Electronic Design Software and verilog are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Integrated Circuit Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $86K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $104K. For Integrated Circuit Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $120K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $151K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$96,000


Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Cadence
0%

National Average
$96,000


verilog
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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