Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

Earnings for Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States come in at around $92K per year on average. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Integrated Circuit Designers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$67,941 - $129,909
(Median)
$68K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,178
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$67,941 - $129,909  
   
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$0.00 - $19,614  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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$68,144 - $134,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Typical Integrated Circuit Designers report a focused set of job skills. Cadence and verilog are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include verilog. Cadence and verilog are also commonly seen together.

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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$97,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

National Average
$97,000

Cadence
up arrow 1%

verilog
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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