Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Senior ASIC Design Engineers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $111K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior ASIC Design Engineers stretch from $90K on the lower end to $161K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $19K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly all collect dental insurance. Most Senior ASIC Design Engineers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Men account for the majority of Senior ASIC Design Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$86,180 - $151,626
MEDIAN: $111,018

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National Salary Data (?
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$86,180 - $151,626  
$100.00 - $19,489  
Profit Sharing
$2,545 - $14,899  
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).
$89,531 - $160,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 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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Senior ASIC Design Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Staff Design Engineer. Median pay for Staff Design Engineers is $108K.

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Survey results suggest that Senior ASIC Design Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 9 percent. Most people familiar with Engineering Design, Semiconductor also know Verilog Vhdl and Engineering Design. A tool kit that includes verilog also typically contains Engineering Design and Verilog Vhdl.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $101K per year. Senior ASIC Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $133K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $154K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior ASIC Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of Cupertino has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior ASIC Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+26 percent) and Sunnyvale (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Santa Clara. Workers in Austin and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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National Average

Verilog Vhdl
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 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: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 3%