Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Senior Firmware Engineers, overall income ranges from $86K near the bottom to $143K at the top; this can include more than $18K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Firmware Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a large number collect vision insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$80,805 - $132,646
MEDIAN: $102,134

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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.
$80,805 - $132,646  
$982 - $17,754  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $10,212  
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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).
$85,509 - $142,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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 Architecture, Software Development, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++. Most people skilled in C are similarly competent in Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Firmware Engineer

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

Senior Firmware Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The relatively untested earn a median of $98K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $104K. Senior Firmware Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $114K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $117K.

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Experience Affects Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

Team Leadership
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Software Architecture
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS

Software Development

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 5%