Senior ASIC Design Engineer Salary

Senior ASIC Design Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($113K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation for Senior ASIC Design Engineers runs from $91K to $163K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Senior ASIC Design Engineers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while almost all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. The vast majority (88 percent) of Senior ASIC Design Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to 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  
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$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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Senior ASIC Design Engineers who transition into an upper level Staff Design Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Staff Design Engineer makes $108K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

With a median salary of $131K, Intel Corporation provides Senior ASIC Design Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $177K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Senior ASIC Design Engineer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Those proficient in verilog are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design and Verilog Vhdl. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design, Semiconductor are also skilled in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $102K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $110K. Senior ASIC Design Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $135K. 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

National Average: $119,314

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Senior ASIC Design Engineers will find that Cupertino offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Senior ASIC Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+24 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), Sunnyvale (+5 percent), and Santa Clara (+2 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of 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 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%