Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

Male Integrated Circuit Designers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $95K per year in the United States. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$61,445 - $146,259
$61K
$95K
$150K
MEDIAN: $95,322
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50%
90%

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$24.57 - $59.01
$30
MEDIAN: $30.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,445 - $146,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$9,826  
Total Pay (?
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$60,851 - $165,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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 - $20,608  
   
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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$60,851 - $165,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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


Survey results show that Integrated Circuit Designers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Cadence, Cadence Electronic Design Software, and verilog can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include verilog and Cadence Electronic Design Software. Verilog is a skill commonly found among those who know Cadence Electronic Design Software.

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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The relatively untested earn a median of $85K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $104K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $122K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $157K.

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Key Stats for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲63%

Experienced
▲27%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$97,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Cadence
▼0%

National Average
$97,000


verilog
▼7%

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
15%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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