Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Wages for Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. In the world of Senior Firmware Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $86K and $143K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Firmware Engineers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$81,538 - $136,225
MEDIAN: $104,216

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$81,538 - $136,225  
$992 - $15,781  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $10,237  
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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).
$86,119 - $143,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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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 show that Senior Firmware Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Software Development, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++. The majority of those who know C also know Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Firmware Engineer

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $105K. Senior Firmware Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $116K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $117K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Firmware Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Firmware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+12 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), Austin (+6 percent), and Folsom (+4 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Longmont and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS

Software Development

Software Architecture

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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%