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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

Wages for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. In the world of Senior Embedded Software Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $79K and $142K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $11K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$76,169 - $134,167
(Median)
$76K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $100,169
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$43.40 - $96.98
(Median)
$43
$62
$97
MEDIAN: $62.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$76,169 - $134,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,944  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $11,356  
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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$78,839 - $141,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 665
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$43.40 - $96.98  
   
Overtime
$35.30 - $79.82  
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 - $14,944  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $11,356  
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).
)
$78,839 - $141,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Most Senior Embedded Software Engineers do not go on to assume a Software Engineering Manager role (where median pay is $124K) but some have been known to make the move. 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 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, UNIX, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $86K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $94K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $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


For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Embedded Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+18 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), Huntsville (+10 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Boston and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 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
$104,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



UNIX
up arrow 5%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
0%

National Average
$104,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 7%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%