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Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $107K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior ASIC Design Engineers runs from $88K to $158K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 89 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$85,002 - $148,799
MEDIAN: $107,291

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$85,002 - $148,799  
$507 - $15,444  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $11,998  
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).
$88,465 - $158,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 328

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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

Salaries are easily beat at Intel Corporation, where median pay comes to just $117K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $100K and ending at $171K, range in salary is rather small.

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 4 percent and 11 percent. Those proficient in Engineering Design, Semiconductor are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

For many Senior ASIC Design Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $128K in this role. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $149K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior ASIC Design Engineers, busy Irvine offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+20 percent), Sunnyvale (+8 percent), San Jose (+4 percent), and Austin (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Santa Clara is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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 69 votes.


11 %
89 %

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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 3%