Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Compensation for Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($106K). In the world of Senior Firmware Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $86K and $147K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $19K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Firmware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$81,772 - $142,149
MEDIAN: $105,761

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$81,772 - $142,149  
$1,003 - $19,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,005 - $10,245  
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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).
$86,303 - $147,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Software Development, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $98K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $116K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $118K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $110,963

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For those looking to make money, Senior Firmware Engineers in Palo Alto enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Firmware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), Santa Clara (+12 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Longmont (10 percent less) and Houston (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

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Software Development
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 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: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 5%