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Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary (United States)

Earnings for Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States come in at around $91K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Integrated Circuit Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. The majority of Integrated Circuit Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary (?
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$66,308 - $127,839
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MEDIAN: $90,568
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National Salary Data

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$66,308 - $127,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,706  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $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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$67,841 - $134,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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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Survey takers who work as Integrated Circuit Designers usually report a few specific skills. Cadence and verilog are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay Difference By Location

Irvine
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San Jose
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National Average
$99,000
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For Integrated Circuit Designers, Irvine provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Integrated Circuit Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent).

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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$99,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Cadence
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verilog
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National Average
$99,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 6%