Senior Firmware Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $112K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Firmware Engineers — including $20K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $93K to $152K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$89,018 - $141,301
$89K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $111,526
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$48.61 - $71.22
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$0$150K
Salary $89,018 - $141,301
Bonus $2,061 - $20,358
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,174
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$91,491 - $150,532
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198
Hourly Data $0$71
Hourly Rate $52.03
Annual Data $0$150K
Bonus $2,061 - $20,358
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,174
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).
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$91,491 - $150,532
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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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.

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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.

Senior Firmware Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Firmware Engineer


Tesla Motors offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $145K.

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 programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++, Software Architecture, and C. Most people skilled in C are similarly competent in Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Firmware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Firmware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Firmware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Firmware Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Senior Firmware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 78 salaries. A Senior Firmware Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,556

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Senior Firmware Engineers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco represent the three top-paying cities for Senior Firmware Engineers in the United States. Senior Firmware Engineers in Minneapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Longmont and Milwaukee earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Firmware Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

▲5%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$117,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

Team Leadership
▲11%

Software Development
▲4%



National Average
$117,000


C
▼6%

Software Architecture
▼6%

C++
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 84%
no benefits
None: 3%
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