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Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

Average Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States make around $91K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Integrated Circuit Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Integrated Circuit Designers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$66,640 - $127,355
(Median)
$67K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,253
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Bonus
$0.00 - $19,502  
Profit Sharing
$2,035 - $9,721  
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$67,254 - $133,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Integrated Circuit Designers who took the survey. Cadence and verilog are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$97,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Cadence
up arrow 1%

National Average
$97,000

verilog
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 5%
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