Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Senior Firmware Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $113K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Senior Firmware Engineers, overall income ranges from $94K near the bottom to $154K at the top; this can include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$91,040 - $146,710
$91K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,050
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$45.00 - $72.41
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$0$154K
Salary $91,040 - $146,710
Bonus $2,057 - $20,710
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,161
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$93,923 - $154,343
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 192
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $54.00
Annual Data $0$154K
Bonus $2,057 - $20,710
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,161
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).
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$93,923 - $154,343
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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.

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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


Those at Tesla Motors can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $145K.

Popular Skills for Senior Firmware Engineer


Senior Firmware Engineers report using a wide range of professional 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 pay less than market rate include C++, Software Architecture, and C. Those familiar with C also tend to know Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Firmware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Firmware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Firmware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Firmware Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Senior Firmware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 78 salaries. A Senior Firmware Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,469

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Senior Firmware Engineers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco represent the three top-paying cities for Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States. Location significantly influences compensation, with Minneapolis Senior Firmware Engineers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Longmont and 15 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Senior Firmware Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$118,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

Team Leadership
▲9%

Software Development
▲2%



National Average
$118,000


C
▼7%

Software Architecture
▼8%

C++
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 84%
no benefits
None: 2%
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