Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Senior Embedded Software Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $103,115 per year. Total cash earnings range from $75,452 on the low end to $132,125 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $14,933 and $10,169, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Senior Embedded Software Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (?
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$75,452 - $132,125
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MEDIAN: $99,313
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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (?
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$44.30 - $98.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,452 - $132,125  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,933  
Profit Sharing
$1,913 - $10,169  
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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$78,033 - $141,306  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$44.30 - $98.99  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $80.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,913 - $10,169  
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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$78,033 - $141,306  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Most Senior Embedded Software Engineers do not go on to assume a Software Engineering Manager role (where pay is only slightly higher, an extra $20K) but some have been known to make the move. However, Senior Embedded Software Engineers typically graduate to Embedded Software Development Engineers or Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)s.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Senior Embedded Software Engineers report using 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 of 13 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic (VB), C#, and Engineering Design. Those proficient in C are, more often than not, also skilled 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, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $85K to $100K after five to 10 years in the field. Earnings jump to six figures after one to decades in the field, and experienced workers make around $108K. After a couple decades on the job, Senior Embedded Software Engineers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $119K. The largest number of Senior Embedded Software Engineers have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$103,000
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For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Redmond, Santa Clara, Huntsville, and San Diego, top-paying markets where Senior Embedded Software Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+18 percent, +16 percent, +9 percent, and +6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Boston.

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

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$103,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

UNIX
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C++
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$103,000
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C#
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Engineering Design
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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