Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Firmware Engineers can bottom out near $92K or peak near $149K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. For the most part, Senior Firmware Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$89,554 - $147,896
MEDIAN: $111,150

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$89,554 - $147,896  
$1,943 - $19,973  
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$92,493 - $149,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185

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Job Description for Senior Firmware Engineer

Senior firmware engineers develop applications and systems for various technology companies, creating custom code to provide solutions. While this is not a leadership position, senior firmware engineers need to have strong leadership skills to manage software projects and work with a team of engineers to finish a programming project. Typically, they lead the design, development, and testing of new programs, working with a large team to ensure the production of a quality project. The typical day for senior firmware engineers would consist of team meetings and working directly with a computer and programming. Additionally, senior firmware engineers participate in research and development, occasionally providing new and innovative ideas for the improvement of products.


Senior Firmware Engineer Tasks

  • Design and develop firmware and software modules such as device drivers, diagnostic monitors, and application firmware.
  • Apply standards and protocols to meet requirements and system needs.
  • Debug and test firmware and algorithms, optimizing product functionality.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Firmware Engineer

Senior Firmware Engineers flock to Tesla Motors for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $145K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Senior Firmware Engineer

Survey results show that Senior Firmware Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Software Development, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and C programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++, C++ Programming Language, and Software Architecture. It is often found that people who know C are also skilled in Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Firmware Engineer

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

Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $99K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $113K. Senior Firmware Engineers see a median salary of $120K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Firmware Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,082

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California cities Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco are lucrative areas for Senior Firmware Engineers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Firmware Engineer's salary, with Minneapolis Senior Firmware Engineers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Longmont and Milwaukee (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Job Satisfaction

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based on 19 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 4%