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Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Senior ASIC Design Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $108K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash earnings of Senior ASIC Design Engineers range from $89K on the low end to $159K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $16K and $12K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. 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. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$85,163 - $149,993
MEDIAN: $108,198

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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.
$85,163 - $149,993  
$980 - $15,573  
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).
$88,701 - $159,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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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

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $100K to just $171K — but Intel Corporation offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $117K.

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 11 percent. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design, Semiconductor are 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $101K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. For Senior ASIC Design Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $130K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $153K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Senior ASIC Design Engineers, Irvine offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+19 percent) and Sunnyvale (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in 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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Verilog Vhdl
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 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%