Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Wages for Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $17K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior ASIC Design Engineers can bottom out near $89K or peak near $160K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most Senior ASIC Design Engineers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Men account for the majority of Senior ASIC Design Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$85,248 - $151,307
MEDIAN: $109,541

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National Salary Data (?
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$85,248 - $151,307  
$750 - $16,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,545 - $12,255  
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).
$88,861 - $159,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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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

The lowest salaries can be found at Intel Corporation — median pay is $117K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $100K and only reaching $171K.

Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Senior ASIC Design Engineers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, and Verilog Vhdl 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. Most people skilled in verilog are similarly competent in 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. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $101K. Senior ASIC Design Engineers see a median salary of $132K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $155K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Senior ASIC Design Engineers, Irvine offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+25 percent) and Sunnyvale (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Santa Clara, 3 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Austin (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Engineering Design, Semiconductor
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.


12 %
88 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 3%