Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($113K) per year. In the world of Senior ASIC Design Engineers, overall income ranges from $91K near the bottom to $163K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Almost all enjoy medical while nearly all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$88,347 - $153,367
MEDIAN: $113,240

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National Salary Data (?
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$88,347 - $153,367  
$0.00 - $19,668  
Profit Sharing
$2,545 - $15,456  
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).
$91,210 - $162,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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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Many Senior ASIC Design Engineers move into a Staff Design Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Staff Design Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior ASIC Design Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Pay for Senior ASIC Design Engineers is the lowest at Intel Corporation, which has a median salary of $131K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $177K.

Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Senior ASIC Design Engineers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, and Perl are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people who know verilog also know Engineering Design and Verilog Vhdl. Those familiar with Engineering Design, Semiconductor also tend to know Verilog Vhdl and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

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

Senior ASIC Design Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $102K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $110K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $135K in this role. 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 $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $119,314

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

For Senior ASIC Design Engineers, busy Cupertino offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+24 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), Sunnyvale (+5 percent), and Santa Clara (+2 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

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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 48 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: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 2%