Firmware Engineer Salary

A Firmware Engineer earns an average salary of $81,859 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$59,401 - $121,630
$59K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,714
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$23.44 - $64.71
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MEDIAN: $34.71
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$0$130K
Salary $59,401 - $121,630
Bonus $981 - $14,696
Profit Sharing $971 - $8,882
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).
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$59,375 - $130,020
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 537
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $23.44 - $64.71
Overtime $39.18
Annual Data $0$130K
Bonus $981 - $14,696
Profit Sharing $971 - $8,882
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).
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$59,375 - $130,020
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19

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Job Description for Firmware Engineer

A firmware engineer works as an essential part of a company's technical team, designing and developing firmware solutions for technological products to ensure they run effectively without glitches or malfunctions. Firmware is the information that provides the necessary guidelines for computer hardware or other technical apparatus to operate smoothly with the other components of a machine. Since technology is constantly evolving with new hardware and software released every day, firmware engineers are essential team members both for organizations that manufacture technical solutions and businesses that use their products. The firmware engineer is responsible for developing new guidelines and operating rules for hardware to ensure that technology remains compatible with new and updated information and equipment.

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Firmware Engineer Tasks

  • Design and develop firmware and software modules such as device drivers, diagnostic monitors, and application firmware.
  • Apply standards and protocols to meet requirements and system needs.
  • Debug and test firmware and algorithms, optimizing product functionality.

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Pay by Experience Level for Firmware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Firmware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Firmware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 368 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Firmware Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 145 salaries. An experienced Firmware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 92 salaries. A Firmware Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,070

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Firmware Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Firmware Engineer?

Firmware Engineer in Huntsville:
"Good Experience."
Pros: Going into computer engineering, I had not idea if I wanted to work more hardware or software, high level or low level software, primary programming language I wanted to learn, etc. Finding Mercury Computer systems and studying Firmware design has given me a lot of experience and given me a new perspective on what I want to pursue in my professional career.
Cons: Not much to be honest, its a very fun work environment with flexible hours and they make it very clear that school always has priority over work. Only real issue if that I hear that this company in particular treats its co-op very well, but doesn't offer them an appropriate salary upon wanting to become full time engineers, so I'm afraid I'll have to look somewhere else for a salary job.

Firmware Engineer in Eden Prairie:
"Challeging low level hardware interfaces."
Pros: Hardware software interaction. Problem solving.
Cons: Meetings. Discussions with non technical folks.

Firmware Engineer in Springfield:
"Enjoyable but busy."
Pros: - Close cooperation and camaraderie amongst local engineering teams & direct management. - Fairly casual office environment, very laid back but team members still highly professional and considerate. - Team members quick to credit accomplishments, while de-emphasizing placement of blame for shortfalls. - Mistakes almost always result in improvements rather than inaction and/or repeated mistakes. - Strong focus on ethical development practices.
Cons: - Grave lack of insight by top-level management into R&D processes, capabilities, resources, and concerns. - Poor upstream and downstream communication between R&D and top-level management. - Upper levels of management suffer from highly-disorganized layout and hierarchy. - Over-compartmentalization of departments, and excessive inter-departmental and regional insulation (prevailing "us-against-them" rhetoric) - Anachronistic management methodologies, "toxic" corporate climate.

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Key Stats for Firmware Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Firmware Engineer Salaries

▲34%

▲32%

▲13%

National Average
$83,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Firmware Engineer Salaries

C
▲9%


Python
▲4%


C programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$83,000


C++
▼6%


▼7%

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
▼12%

C# Programming Language
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 9%
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