Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

The average Integrated Circuit Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $92K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men make up the vast majority of Integrated Circuit Designers (83 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Integrated Circuit Designers is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$66,887 - $128,574

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$67,592 - $133,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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.


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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Job skills reported by Integrated Circuit Designers are limited. Cadence and verilog are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Cadence are typically practiced in verilog, too.

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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


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83 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 7%