Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

The median salary for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States is approximately $107K per year, but employers pay the most in Sunnyvale, offering around $150K on average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,479 - $140,655
$80K
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MEDIAN: $107,121
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$46.19 - $87.26
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MEDIAN: $59.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,479 - $140,655  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $19,314  
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $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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$81,752 - $148,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$46.19 - $87.26  
   
Overtime
$50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $19,314  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $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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$81,752 - $148,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


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Senior Embedded Software Engineers who become Principal Software Engineers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $129K per year. The most common promotion for Senior Embedded Software Engineers is an Embedded Software Development Engineer position, which usually brings in $79K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Embedded Software Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Software Engineering Manager role, where pay is often $127K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Senior Embedded Software Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, UNIX, Linux, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, C#, and C# Programming Language. 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.


For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $89K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $100K. Senior Embedded Software Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $115K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $120K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,341

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Key Stats for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$111,000

▼10%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



▲5%

UNIX
▲5%



National Average
$111,000


C
▼2%

.NET
▼2%

C++
▼3%


Java
▼3%

C#
▼6%

C# Programming Language
▼6%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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