Men make up the majority of Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $124K per year. In the world of Senior ASIC Design Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $97K and $169K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$94,155 - $158,346
MEDIAN: $124,246

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$94,155 - $158,346  
$-0.49 - $24,240  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $19,765  
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).
$97,269 - $169,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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Job Description for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

A senior ASIC design engineer is a project manager who typically works for a firm that develops customized hardware solutions. An ASIC is an application specific integrated circuit; often, clients run into an issue where an integrated circuit chip is necessary to complete an electronic device and standard market chips do not meet the necessary specifications. At this point, the client would contact an ASIC firm to produce a custom chip.


Senior ASIC Design Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

Common Career Paths for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

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Senior ASIC Design Engineers often transition into a Staff Design Engineer position. Staff Design Engineers report a slightly lower median income of $109K.

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Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Senior ASIC Design Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Semiconductor, verilog, Verilog Vhdl, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Perl, Engineering Design, and Verilog Vhdl. The majority of those who know Engineering Design, Semiconductor also know Engineering Design and Verilog Vhdl.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $106K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $135K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $160K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $130,555

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Cupertino offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior ASIC Design Engineers, 16 percent above the national average. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+15 percent) and Irvine (+13 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (11 percent lower) and Santa Clara (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


8 %
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 1%