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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $15K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $80K and hits $143K on the high end. Geography and experience level 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. Work is enjoyable for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$77,217 - $136,947
(Median)
$77K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,012
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$41.22 - $94.05
(Median)
$41
$61
$94
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,217 - $136,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,067  
Profit Sharing
$734 - $15,101  
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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$79,802 - $142,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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 - $15,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$734 - $15,101  
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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$79,802 - $142,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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 $125K annually on average. Given that the median pay is $79K, it may be surprising to find that an Embedded Software Development Engineer is the most common role for Senior Embedded Software Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Software Engineering Manager role — which pays $124K — is also typical for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Embedded Software Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C# and Visual Basic. Most people skilled in C are similarly competent in C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

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


Senior Embedded Software Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $88K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $95K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $120K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Senior Embedded Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Fort Worth (+20 percent), Huntsville (+13 percent), Redmond (+13 percent), and Santa Clara (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland and Dallas (6 percent lower).

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
$105,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



UNIX
up arrow 5%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 1%

.NET
0%

National Average
$105,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 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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