Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Senior Firmware Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($104K) annually in the United States. Total incomes of Senior Firmware Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $86K and $143K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. Work is enjoyable for Senior Firmware Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$81,498 - $135,337

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$81,498 - $135,337  
$989 - $15,493  
Profit Sharing
$1,039 - $10,224  
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$86,089 - $143,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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 Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++. Those familiar with C also tend to 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $97K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $105K. Senior Firmware Engineers see a median salary of $116K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Firmware Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+12 percent), Santa Clara (+12 percent), Austin (+7 percent), and Folsom (+4 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Longmont and 3 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 Development
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS

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%