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Working As A Senior Embedded Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Embedded Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Embedded Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Embedded Engineer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Embedded Engineer
Engineer 2.3%
Processor 2.3%
Controller 1.7%
Top Careers After Senior Embedded Engineer
Consultant 5.7%
Controller 4.3%

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Senior Embedded Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.0%

Female

12.1%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

49.2%

Asian

24.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

20.0%

Arabic

20.0%

Italian

20.0%

French

20.0%

Ukrainian

20.0%
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Senior Embedded Engineer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

11.4%

Texas Tech University

11.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.6%

Cleveland State University

5.7%

More Tech Institute

5.7%

Arizona State University

5.7%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

California State University - Los Angeles

5.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.7%

University of California - Santa Barbara

5.7%

University of Dayton

2.9%

Western Washington University

2.9%

Syracuse University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

2.9%

New York University

2.9%

University of Connecticut

2.9%

California State University - Fullerton

2.9%

University of Notre Dame

2.9%

University of Colorado Denver

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

46.5%

Computer Science

15.5%

Computer Engineering

13.2%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Physics

3.1%

Education

2.3%

Business

2.3%

Small Business Management

2.3%

Management

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.6%

Systems Engineering

0.8%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%

Management Science

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.8%

Mathematics

0.8%

Biology

0.8%

Mechanical Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Masters

37.9%

Other

10.0%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$67,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
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$94,000
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$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
IDEX
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Senior Embedded Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Embedded Engineer in the United States is $94,263 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $131,000.

Real Senior Embedded Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Embedded Engineer Candi Controls, Inc. Vancouver, WA Jul 08, 2015 $177,395
Senior Embedded Engineer Candi Controls, Inc. Vancouver, WA Jul 02, 2015 $177,395
Senior Embedded Engineer Candi Controls, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 01, 2014 $150,000
SR. Embedded Engineer Greenwave Systems Irvine, CA Feb 12, 2016 $141,253
Senior Embedded Firmware Engineer Lab126 Cupertino, CA May 14, 2012 $140,505
Senior Embedded Engineer Candi Controls, Inc. Oakland, CA Jun 01, 2015 $140,288
SR. Embedded Controls Engineer Atieva USA, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 21, 2014 $130,000
Senior Embedded Development Engineer Xenio Corporation San Francisco, CA Jan 06, 2016 $130,000
Senior Embedded Linux Engineer Cornet Technology Inc. Springfield, VA Apr 27, 2012 $127,754
Senior Embedded Firmware Engineer Philips Lifeline Systems Company Framingham, MA Feb 09, 2016 $120,000
Senior Embedded Firmware Engineer Philips Lifeline Systems Company Framingham, MA Aug 10, 2015 $120,000
Senior Embedded Firmware Engineer Philips Lifeline Systems Company Framingham, MA Oct 08, 2015 $120,000
Senior Engineer, Embedded Platforms Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2014 $115,253 -
$121,000
SR. Embedded Network Engineer Konica Minolta Laboratory USA, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 17, 2015 $115,140
Senior Embedded Engineer Collision Communications, Inc. Nashua, NH Sep 28, 2015 $110,000
Senior Mac Embedded Engineer XG Technology, Inc. Sunrise, FL Mar 29, 2016 $109,650
Senior Embedded Video Engineer Kastle Systems International LLC Arlington, VA Apr 01, 2014 $108,000
SR. Embedded Video Engineer Kastle Systems International LLC Falls Church, VA May 13, 2015 $108,000
Senior Mac Embedded Engineer XG Technology, Inc. Sunrise, FL Jul 16, 2013 $107,500
SR. Embedded Firmware Engineer Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc. Emeryville, CA Sep 06, 2014 $105,000 -
$130,000
SR. Embedded Network Engineer Konica Minolta Laboratory USA, Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 15, 2012 $104,000
Senior Embedded Engineer II Cardiac Science Corporation Laguna Hills, CA Oct 01, 2012 $102,773 -
$130,000
Senior Embedded Controls Engineer LHP Software, LLC Erie, PA Oct 28, 2015 $95,000
Senior Embedded Controls Engineer LHP Software, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 06, 2014 $94,600
Senior Engineer-Embedded Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Oct 11, 2016 $93,755
Senior Embedded Controls Engineer LHP Software, LLC Erie, PA Sep 29, 2014 $92,000
SR. Embedded Algorithm Engineer Covidien LP Boulder, CO Sep 07, 2014 $90,000
Senior Embedded Controls Engineer LHP Software, LLC Erie, PA Sep 29, 2014 $90,000
Senior Embedded Code Generation Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Oct 01, 2011 $89,786
Senior Embedded Firmware Engineer Hatco Corporation Milwaukee, WI May 26, 2016 $88,982

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Top Skills for A Senior Embedded Engineer

  1. Firmware
  2. Modules
  3. Test Cases
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  • Designed and developed embedded firmware to match the algorithm derived from specification.
  • Participated in the implementation, unit testing, and code review of embedded software modules or subsystems for D-0178B software.
  • Created test cases for database that was a leading factor for helping designers fix defects and update specifications.
  • Implemented the software using C/C++ and Assembly Language to transmit the data collected from the sensor using proprietary protocol stack.
  • Investigate boot-up, Linux, Modem, Audio, Camera, Hardware watchdog, framework and application issues.

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