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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (United States)

Wages for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Embedded Software Engineers runs from $78K to $141K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Embedded Software Engineers is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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  
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  
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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Embedded Software Engineers move into roles as Software Engineering Managers, where median income is $123K per year. Becoming an Embedded Software Development Engineer or a Lead Software Development Engineer is, however, a more typical career progression for Senior Embedded Software Engineers.

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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 of 13 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic , C#, and Engineering Design. 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Embedded Software Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $85K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $93K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $108K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $119K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Senior Embedded Software Engineers report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$103,000
Phoenix
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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Senior Embedded Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+18 percent), Santa Clara (+16 percent), Huntsville (+9 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston.

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

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

UNIX
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Linux
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C++
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Java
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National Average
$103,000
C
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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%