Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salary

Integrated Circuit Designers in the United States pull down an average of $92K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Integrated Circuit Designers (82 percent) who took the survey. For the most part, Integrated Circuit Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$66,820 - $128,714

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$66,820 - $128,714  
   
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$0.00 - $19,672  
Profit Sharing
$2,035 - $9,721  
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$67,518 - $133,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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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Integrated Circuit Designers report a narrow range of specific skills. Cadence and verilog are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Cadence also know verilog.

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Experience Affects Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$97,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer Salaries

Cadence
0%

National Average
$97,000

verilog
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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