Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $103K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Embedded Software Engineers generally bottom out at around $81K and peak near $148K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $16K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Embedded Software Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,639 - $139,703
(Median)
$79K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,982
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$47.97 - $92.78
(Median)
$48
$61
$93
MEDIAN: $61.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,639 - $139,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,535  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $15,484  
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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$80,802 - $147,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 627
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$47.97 - $92.78  
   
Overtime
$36.16 - $81.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,535  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $15,484  
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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$80,802 - $147,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Senior embedded software engineers require a vast and diverse skill set. These engineers must be gifted communicators and leaders of a team of software engineers and programmers, as they work closely with other team members to produce software which meets customers’ expectations. They must be proficient verbal and written communicators, as they will need to communicate their vision to their team clearly and efficiently. Senior engineers must also mentor junior team members in all areas of software engineering as they learn and apply new technologies in their work.

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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Tasks

  • Write performance critical code in resource-limited environments, including low power, low memory, restricted bandwidth, CPU, etc.
  • Test and document software.
  • Use kernel debuggers, system dumps, and assembly language, as well as higher level languages.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for embedded devices.

Common Career Paths for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


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Although some Senior Embedded Software Engineers become Principal Software Engineer, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $127K. An Embedded Software Development Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Embedded Software Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $79K on average. The Software Engineering Manager position is another common transition for Senior Embedded Software Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $126K mark.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Senior Embedded Software Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, .NET, UNIX, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic and C#. Those educated in C tend to be well versed in C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $88K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $112K. Senior Embedded Software Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $122K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,096

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Relative to Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the rest of the country, Senior Embedded Software Engineers in Sunnyvale, San Francisco, and San Jose see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. In Dallas, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Boston (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries


UNIX
up arrow 7%

.NET
up arrow 7%


Software Development
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$108,000

Java
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 4%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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