Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Salaries for Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Cash earnings for Senior Firmware Engineers — which occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $86K to approximately $143K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. The majority of Senior Firmware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$81,418 - $135,599
MEDIAN: $103,827

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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.
$81,418 - $135,599  
$990 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $10,237  
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).
$86,027 - $143,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Senior Firmware Engineer

Survey results imply that Senior Firmware Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Software Development, Software Architecture, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C++. 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.

In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $98K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $105K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $116K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

Team Leadership
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS

Software Development

Software Architecture

National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


9 %
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 5%