Average Firmware Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Firmware Engineer is $84,880.
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$63k - $124k
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$996 - $10k
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$64k - $132k

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Job Description for Firmware Engineer

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.

Job Satisfaction for Firmware Engineer

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The top respondents for the job title Firmware Engineer are from the companies Intel Corporation, HP Inc. and Seagate Technology, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $118,866. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Tesla Motors and Intel Corporation, earning around $95,244 and $92,664, respectively. HP Inc. pays the lowest at around $81,640. Western Digital Corporation and Seagate Technology, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $81,664 and $83,228, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Firmware Engineer

Skills in Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS and Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design, C++ Programming Language and C Programming Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Firmware Engineer

An entry-level Firmware Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $73,052 based on 111 salaries. An early career Firmware Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,231 based on 564 salaries. A mid-career Firmware Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,985 based on 221 salaries. An experienced Firmware Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 127 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $120,213.
Employees with Firmware Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 24.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (22.9% more) and Folsom, California (15.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (6.1% less), Austin, Texas (3.0% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (0.3% less).

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