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Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Wages for Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior ASIC Design Engineers stretch from $85K on the lower end to $156K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 89 percent. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$81,580 - $147,658
MEDIAN: $105,113

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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.
$81,580 - $147,658  
$997 - $15,265  
Profit Sharing
$2,007 - $12,438  
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).
$85,125 - $156,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $170K, Intel Corporation still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $114K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Survey results show that Senior ASIC Design Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, and Verilog Vhdl are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Most people 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.

Senior ASIC Design Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $99K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $104K. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $122K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $147K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Senior ASIC Design Engineers that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Irvine offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+4 percent) and San Jose (+3 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 78 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: 78% employee benefits None: 4%