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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 $109K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Firmware Engineers varies from around $85K to approximately $141K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$80,003 - $132,023
MEDIAN: $101,949

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National Salary Data

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.
$80,003 - $132,023  
$971 - $15,442  
Profit Sharing
$1,027 - $10,241  
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).
$85,169 - $140,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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

Survey results imply that Senior Firmware Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++. Most people 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.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $97K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $103K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $114K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.


8 %
92 %

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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 4%