Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary

On average, Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($103K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $16K each, total incomes of Senior Embedded Software Engineers generally range from $81K to $148K depending on individual performance. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,639 - $139,703
(Median)
$79K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,982
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$47.97 - $92.78
(Median)
$48
$61
$93
MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,639 - $139,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,535  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $15,484  
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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$80,802 - $147,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 627
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$47.97 - $92.78  
   
Overtime
$36.16 - $81.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,535  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $15,484  
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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$80,802 - $147,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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Although it's unusual, some Senior Embedded Software Engineers transition into jobs as Principal Software Engineers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $127K per year, though. The most common career progression for Senior Embedded Software Engineers leads to becoming an Embedded Software Development Engineer, where pay is typically $79K. However, many Senior Embedded Software Engineers also opt to become Software Engineering Managers, a position that pays $126K on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Embedded Software Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, .NET, UNIX, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 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 many Senior Embedded Software Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $98K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $88K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $112K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,096

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

California is a land of opportunity for Senior Embedded Software Engineers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with Sunnyvale, San Francisco, and San Jose all offering salaries above the national rate. The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (9 percent lower) and Boston (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries


UNIX
up arrow 7%

.NET
up arrow 7%


Software Development
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$108,000

Java
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 4%

Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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