Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Compensation for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($101K). Total cash compensation to Senior Embedded Software Engineers ranges from $80K on the lower end to $144K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Senior Embedded Software Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$77,397 - $137,758
(Median)
$77K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,286
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$41.22 - $94.05
(Median)
$41
$61
$94
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,397 - $137,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,430  
Profit Sharing
$742 - $14,795  
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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$80,030 - $144,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 - $15,430  
   
Profit Sharing
$742 - $14,795  
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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$80,030 - $144,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 $126K 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 takers working as Senior Embedded Software Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic and C#. 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.


For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $89K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $95K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum 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


For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Senior Embedded Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fort Worth (+19 percent), Sunnyvale (+15 percent), Santa Clara (+14 percent), and Huntsville (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland and Phoenix (7 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
$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 1%

National Average
$106,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 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: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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