Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Compensation for Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($110K). Total cash compensation for Senior ASIC Design Engineers runs from $89K to $160K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $16K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Though the majority of Senior ASIC Design Engineers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Men account for the majority of Senior ASIC Design Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and almost all earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$85,928 - $151,421

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$85,928 - $151,421  
$503 - $15,537  
Profit Sharing
$2,521 - $12,365  
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$89,400 - $160,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Employees at Intel Corporation take home the smallest paychecks, and $118K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $100K and quickly nearing the top at only $171K.

Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Senior ASIC Design Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, and Perl are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Most people experienced in Engineering Design, Semiconductor also know Verilog Vhdl and Engineering Design. The majority of those who know verilog 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Senior ASIC Design Engineers. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $101K per year. Senior ASIC Design Engineers bring in $132K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $154K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior ASIC Design Engineers, Irvine provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+25 percent) and Sunnyvale (+6 percent). Santa Clara ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

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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 63 votes.


12 %
88 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 3%