Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (United States)

Wages for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($103,115) per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Senior Embedded Software Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (?
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$75,452 - $132,125
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MEDIAN: $99,313
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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salary (?
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$44.30 - $98.99
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,452 - $132,125  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,933  
Profit Sharing
$1,913 - $10,169  
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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$78,033 - $141,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$44.30 - $98.99  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $80.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,913 - $10,169  
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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$78,033 - $141,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Though unusual, some Senior Embedded Software Engineers transition into jobs as Software Engineering Managers, earning an additional $20K per year. It is more probable, however, that Senior Embedded Software Engineers become Embedded Software Development Engineers or Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)s.

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Popular Skills for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, UNIX, Software Development, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic (VB), C#, and Engineering Design. It is often found that people who know C are also skilled in C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salary growth is weak for Senior Embedded Software Engineers during their first decade in the field; typical pay starts at $85K and turns to only $100K after five to 10 years. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belt earn around $108K, climbing well into the six-figure pool. After a couple decades on the job, Senior Embedded Software Engineers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $119K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Senior Embedded Software Engineers report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$103,000
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For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Redmond, Santa Clara, Huntsville, and San Diego, top-paying markets where Senior Embedded Software Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+18 percent, +16 percent, +9 percent, and +6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 5 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

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$103,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

UNIX
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C++
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$103,000
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Engineering Design
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%