Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

Men make up the majority of Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States, bringing in about $97K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Integrated Circuit Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,820 - $147,112
$61K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $96,590
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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
$60,820 - $147,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$9,826  
Total Pay (?
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$60,158 - $167,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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 - $25,000  
   
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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$60,158 - $167,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Integrated Circuit Designers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Cadence, Cadence Electronic Design Software, and verilog can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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. Inexperienced workers earn around $85K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $105K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $140K. Integrated Circuit Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $151K.

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Key Stats for Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲54%

▲43%

▲8%

National Average
$98,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

National Average
$98,000

▼2%


verilog
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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