Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $101K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Embedded Software Engineers approaches anywhere from $80K on the lower end to $144K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Embedded Software Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,606 - $137,907
(Median)
$78K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,393
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90%

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$41.22 - $94.05
(Median)
$41
$61
$94
MEDIAN: $60
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,606 - $137,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,461  
Profit Sharing
$745 - $14,681  
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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$80,224 - $144,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 626
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$41.22 - $94.05  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $80.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,461  
   
Profit Sharing
$745 - $14,681  
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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$80,224 - $144,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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As Senior Embedded Software Engineers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Principal Software Engineer, their salaries may climb. Principal Software Engineers make $126K annually on average. Going from Senior Embedded Software Engineer to Embedded Software Development Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Embedded Software Development Engineers is $79K. Many others choose to work as Software Engineering Managers, where pay is typically $125K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Embedded Software Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, UNIX, Software Development, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C#, Visual Basic, and .NET. For most people, competency in C indicates knowledge of C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

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


For many Senior Embedded Software Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $89K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $109K. As Senior Embedded Software Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, 31 percent higher than the national average. Senior Embedded Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Fort Worth (+19 percent), Sunnyvale (+14 percent), and Santa Clara (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Workers in Cleveland and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

Senior Embedded Software Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Boston:
"Be challenged."
Keep current with technology & work on projects which incorporate it to avoid boredom and burnout.

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



National Average
$106,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries




UNIX
up arrow 5%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 1%

National Average
$106,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 6%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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