Senior Firmware Engineer Salary
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|Salary||$91,061 - $149,030|
|Bonus||$2,057 - $20,653|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,161|
|Total Pay (||$94,409 - $153,527|
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.Read More...
This position requires extensive programming knowledge that may include C, C++, PCI, Linux, and Matlab among others.
Senior firmware engineers typically have several years of experience in a programming environment, as well as at least a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field; often, a master's degree in one of those disciplines is required for the position. Creative thinking and problem solving are beneficial skills for troubleshooting potential problems with code and brainstorming solutions to existing problems. Organizational and multitasking skills are important requirements, as senior firmware engineers typically work on several projects at once and they may have to transfer project ownership quickly if organizational priorities shift.
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Firmware Engineer
Senior Firmware Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Tesla Motors, where the average salary comes to $145K.
Popular Skills for Senior Firmware Engineer
Survey results suggest that Senior Firmware Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Software Development, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and C programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C++, Software Architecture, and C. Most people experienced in 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.
Senior Firmware Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $103K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $120K. Senior Firmware Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $122K. 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 $123K.
Pay Difference by Location
Senior Firmware Engineers in San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Senior Firmware Engineers. Senior Firmware Engineers in Minneapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Longmont and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent less).
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