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Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Senior Firmware Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $85K and $143K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $18K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn vision coverage. The majority of Senior Firmware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$80,618 - $134,073
MEDIAN: $102,492

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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.
$80,618 - $134,073  
$983 - $17,617  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $10,212  
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).
$85,345 - $142,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242

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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

Senior Firmware Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. 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++. 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Inexperienced workers earn around $96K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $104K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $115K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $116K.

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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

National Average

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up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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


10 %
90 %

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%