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Working As A Firmware Test Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Firmware Test Engineer does

  • Played key role in getting TUV and FDA PMA government regulatory approval implantable defibrillators.
  • Maintained firmware releases of all ZDS products and test programs.
  • Design and perform calibration, serial port, USB and bluetooth test.
  • Perform CDIT (Continuous Development Integration and Test), Integration FW processing.
  • Performed failure analysis on individual drives and drive populations to assist multiple international product teams.
  • Developed software tools and fabricated test fixtures to support hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulations.
  • Performed FB-DIMM speed/size tests and recorded results for Bensley, Stoakley, and Caneland platforms.
  • Developed PCI memory read/write functions to modem scratch-pad and devices.
  • Developed factory screening code to ensure hard drive quality meets customer requirements.
  • Performed regression test suites; developed procedures to determine test code coverage.
  • Document anomalies and issues within the ClearCase anomaly data base
  • Tested firmware for baseboard management controller (BMC) running on Linux in Dell modular and rack-based servers.
  • Used UNIX commands (cross-over cable connected/TCP/IP) to printers to configure device settings.
  • Validated the FPGA, GPIO, SPI, and I2C.
  • Created test automation scripts using Python.
  • Contracted to work at Lexmark International, Inc. where I was placed in the Printer Solutions and Software Development department.
  • Programmed in C/C++ and proprietary assembly language.
  • Project management for a PC software application developed by a third party company.
  • Generate test logs for test performed.
  • Createed test cases and test data.

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Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Firmware Test Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Firmware Test Engineer in the United States is $93,765 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

Real Firmware Test Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mobile Nand Firmware Test Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 15, 2014 $118,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 25, 2015 $115,000 -
$125,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 27, 2015 $115,000 -
$130,000
SR. Firmware Test Engineer Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 25, 2014 $110,677 -
$126,006
SR. Firmware Test Engineer (Software QA Engineer 3 Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 25, 2011 $105,955 -
$120,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Palo Alto, CA Jun 09, 2015 $105,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Palo Alto, CA May 20, 2015 $105,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Palo Alto, CA May 08, 2015 $105,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Palo Alto, CA Jun 10, 2015 $105,000
SR. Firmware Test Engineer Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 21, 2016 $101,043
Senior Firmware Test Engineer General Instrument Corporation San Diego, CA Jan 16, 2014 $100,547
Firmware Test Engineer Sasken Communication Technologies, Ltd. Milpitas, CA Sep 30, 2016 $100,277
SR. Firmware Test Engineer Synaptics, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 21, 2013 $91,375
Modem Firmware Test Engineer Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 06, 2014 $91,270 -
$100,700
Test Engineer, Firmware Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000 -
$115,000
Firmware Test Engineer-Structural Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jan 03, 2011 $85,000
Test Engineer, Firmware Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $83,824 -
$90,000
Firmware Test Engineer Seagate Us LLC Shakopee, MN Jul 10, 2015 $81,141 -
$95,784
Test Engineer-Firmware and Electrical Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 16, 2014 $80,000 -
$95,000
Firmware Tester Experis Us, Inc. Hazelwood, MO Dec 15, 2013 $76,384 -
$93,915
Firmware Test Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 15, 2012 $75,000
Firmware Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 23, 2012 $75,000 -
$95,000
Firmware Test Engineer Trilliant Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 24, 2016 $74,922
SSD Firmware Engineer, Test Development HGST, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2013 $74,500 -
$103,800
Test Engineer-Firmware Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Sep 12, 2011 $74,360

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Top Skills for A Firmware Test Engineer

  1. Test Cases
  2. Firmware
  3. Disk
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Executed regression and end-to-end scenario test cases to validate business, system and operational requirements.
  • Verify and validate embedded firmware operation.
  • Improved internal software which validated firmware and hard disk drive health to avoid mass failures.
  • Developed testing processes and test procedures including semi-automated test recording tools using Visual Basic in Excel.
  • Implemented the VMware Linux OS machine to test the configured Boot Loader, TFTP and NFS server.

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Firmware Test Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Unknown

15.9%

Female

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

50.6%

Asian

25.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

7.4%

Unknown

4.6%
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Firmware Test Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

San Jose State University

8.9%

University of Washington

8.9%

University of Kentucky

6.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.7%

North Dakota State University -

6.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

6.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.4%

Saint Edward's University

4.4%

Boston University

4.4%

University of California - San Diego

4.4%

Clarkson University

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.4%

California State University - Sacramento

4.4%

Michigan Technological University

2.2%

Institute of Audio Research

2.2%

University of Connecticut

2.2%

University of Florida

2.2%

Lexington Community College

2.2%

Washington State University

2.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.4%

Electrical Engineering

24.8%

Computer Engineering

17.6%

Business

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Political Science

3.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, And Research

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Engineering Technology

0.8%

Drafting And Design

0.8%

Project Management

0.8%

Music

0.8%

Mathematics

0.8%

Biomedical Engineering

0.8%

Photography

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.7%

Masters

24.8%

Other

10.2%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.5%
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