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 $101K per year. In the world of Senior Embedded Software Engineers, overall income ranges from $80K near the bottom to $144K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence 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. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$77,667 - $137,727

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$41.22 - $94.05

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,667 - $137,727  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,489  
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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$80,343 - $144,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 629
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$41.22 - $94.05  
   
Overtime
$25.76 - $79.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,489  
   
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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$80,343 - $144,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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For Senior Embedded Software Engineers who go on to become Principal Software Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Principal Software Engineer earns $126K annually. The most common career progression for Senior Embedded Software Engineers leads to becoming an Embedded Software Development Engineer, where pay is typically $79K. However, many Senior Embedded Software Engineers also opt to become Software Engineering Managers, a position that pays $124K on average.

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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, Software Development, UNIX, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, C#, and .NET. Those familiar with C also tend to know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $88K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $96K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above 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). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Cleveland and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 2%

National Average
$106,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 6%

C#
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
42%
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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