Average pay for Senior Embedded Software Engineers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($107K). Total incomes of Senior Embedded Software Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $19K from bonuses and close to $21K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $82K and $147K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Embedded Software Engineers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,879 - $139,496
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$81K
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MEDIAN: $106,544
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$44.70 - $90.60
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,879 - $139,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,490  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $21,331  
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$82,083 - $146,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$44.70 - $90.60  
   
Overtime
$50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $21,331  
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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$82,083 - $146,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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 transition into new roles such as Principal Software Engineer may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Principal Software Engineer earns $129K per year. An Embedded Software Development Engineer role is the most common promotion for Senior Embedded Software Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $79K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Embedded Software Engineers is a Software Engineering Manager position, where earnings are usually $127K.

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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, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, Linux, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, C#, and C# Programming Language. Most people experienced in C also know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Embedded Software Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $88K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $102K. For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $115K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $119K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,025

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For Senior Embedded Software Engineers, above-average compensation can be found in California — Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for Senior Embedded Software Engineers. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries



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UNIX
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.NET
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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