Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $109K per year on average. Cash earnings for Senior ASIC Design Engineers — including $17K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $88K to $160K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Male Senior ASIC Design Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$84,695 - $151,055
MEDIAN: $108,755

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National Salary Data (?
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$84,695 - $151,055  
$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).
$88,442 - $160,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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

Intel Corporation doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $117K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $171K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Senior ASIC Design Engineers typically list a handful of skills 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. 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $101K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $107K. Senior ASIC Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $132K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $155K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior ASIC Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of Irvine has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+26 percent) and Sunnyvale (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 3 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Santa Clara.

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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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National Average

Verilog Vhdl
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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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 3%