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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Average pay for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($101K). Overall cash earnings of Senior Embedded Software Engineers stretch from $79K near the bottom to $143K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Senior Embedded Software Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,072 - $136,684
(Median)
$77K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,714
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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
$77,072 - $136,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,193  
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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$79,473 - $142,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
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 - $15,193  
   
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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$79,473 - $142,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Senior Embedded Software Engineers who become Principal Software Engineers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Principal Software Engineers earn $125K per year. Going from Senior Embedded Software Engineer to Embedded Software Development Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Embedded Software Development Engineers is $79K. Many others choose to work as Software Engineering Managers, where pay is typically $124K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Senior Embedded Software Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, Software Development, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C#, Visual Basic, and Java. For most people, competency in C indicates knowledge of 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $88K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $94K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $108K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $120K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Embedded Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fort Worth (+20 percent), Huntsville (+13 percent), Redmond (+13 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Workers in Cleveland and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 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
$105,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries




UNIX
up arrow 5%

Linux
up arrow 4%

C
up arrow 1%

.NET
0%

National Average
$105,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 4%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

C#
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
40%
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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