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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Senior Embedded Software Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($100K) annually in the United States. Incomes of Senior Embedded Software Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $15K cause paychecks to spread between $79K on the low end and $142K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$76,526 - $135,513
(Median)
$77K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,450
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90%

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$41.22 - $94.05
(Median)
$41
$61
$94
MEDIAN: $60
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$76,526 - $135,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,989  
Profit Sharing
$755 - $15,304  
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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$79,051 - $142,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631
National Hourly Rate 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$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$41.22 - $94.05  
   
Overtime
$35.15 - $80.01  
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.
)
$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$755 - $15,304  
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).
)
$79,051 - $142,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $125K per year. Senior Embedded Software Engineers go on to become Embedded Software Development Engineers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $79K. Senior Embedded Software Engineers who move into a Software Engineering Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $124K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Embedded Software Engineers deploy a deep pool of 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 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic and C#. Those educated in C tend to be well versed in 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $87K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $94K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $108K. 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 $119K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Embedded Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fort Worth (+21 percent), Redmond (+15 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), and Huntsville (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Boston and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent less).

Senior Embedded Software Engineer Advice

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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
$104,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries




Linux
up arrow 4%

UNIX
up arrow 4%

C
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$104,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 8%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%