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Working As A Senior Firmware Engineer

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

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Firmware 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 Firmware 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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Senior Firmware Engineer Career Paths

Senior Firmware Engineer
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Architect Solutions Architect
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Software Engineer Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Member Technical Staff
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Software Engineer Lead
Senior Software Engineer Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Project Leader Test Manager
Software Testing Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Software Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Architect
Senior Software Development Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Architect Senior Software Development Engineer
Senior Embedded Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Software Development Engineer Software Engineer Lead
Software Engineer-Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Embedded Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Firmware Developer 3.2 years
Embedded Engineer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Firmware Engineer
Engineer 2.7%
Consultant 2.4%
Programmer 1.8%
Top Careers After Senior Firmware Engineer
Consultant 4.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$105,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
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Median 50%
$105,000
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$105,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$143,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Senior Firmware Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Firmware Engineer in the United States is $105,966 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $143,000.

Real Senior Firmware Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Firmware Engineer Savant Systems, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2015 $190,000
Senior Firmware Engineer-Advance Controller Micron Technology, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 09, 2016 $165,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2016 $161,300
Senior Firmware Engineer Aliphcom San Jose, CA Sep 18, 2016 $160,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Aliphcom San Francisco, CA May 24, 2016 $160,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Savant Systems, LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 14, 2015 $160,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Aliphcom San Francisco, CA May 23, 2016 $160,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 11, 2015 $155,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Gopro, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jun 06, 2016 $155,000
SR. Wireless Mac Firmware Engineer CBF Networks Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 09, 2016 $155,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Aliphcom Sunnyvale, CA May 05, 2016 $150,000
Senior Wireless Mac Firmware Engineer CBF Networks, Inc. DBA Fastback Networks San Jose, CA Jan 14, 2015 $150,000
SR. Firmware Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 16, 2015 $150,000 -
$160,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Gopro, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 28, 2016 $150,000
SR. Firmware Engineer Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2016 $129,240
SR. Engineer-Firmware Customer Integration Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2015 $128,000
Senior Firmware/Hardware Engineer II Osram Sylvania Inc. Beverly, MA Mar 04, 2015 $126,568
Engineer, SR. Staff-Firmware Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jan 05, 2015 $126,547
Engineer, SR. Staff-Firmware Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Oct 16, 2015 $125,067
Senior Firmware Engineer Smart High Reliability Solutions LLC Newark, CA Jul 25, 2016 $125,000
Senior Firmware Engineer Fitbit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2015 $125,000 -
$148,000
SR. Firmware Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 12, 2015 $116,982
Senior Firmware Engineer Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 22, 2016 $116,447 -
$124,200
Senior Firmware Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 08, 2016 $116,286 -
$130,000
Senior Firmware Engineer PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 26, 2016 $115,648
SR. Firmware Engineer Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2015 $115,253
Senior Firmware Engineer Agamatrix Salem, NH Sep 03, 2016 $114,629
Senior Firmware Engineer Audience, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 14, 2015 $114,314

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Top Skills for A Senior Firmware Engineer

  1. Device Drivers
  2. Linux
  3. USB
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop device drivers for the flash storage system overcoming generic brand versus first tier manufacturers incompatibilities.
  • Defined and implemented communication protocols between firmware and host software using Slackware Linux as embedded operating system.
  • Evaluated additional s/w components - graphics system, USB drivers, SSL layer, web clients.
  • Designed I2C firmware modules for non-I2C featured processor applications.
  • Designed test cases, wrote and updated test plan and scripts.

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Senior Firmware Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.3%

Unknown

13.9%

Female

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

46.1%

Asian

28.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

6.3%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

26.7%

Chinese

20.0%

German

13.3%

Swedish

6.7%

Icelandic

6.7%

French

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Hebrew

6.7%

Thai

6.7%
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Senior Firmware Engineer Education

Schools

University of Colorado at Boulder

10.5%

San Jose State University

7.0%

Colorado State University

7.0%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

6.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.1%

Santa Clara University

6.1%

California State University - Los Angeles

5.3%

More Tech Institute

5.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.4%

Iowa State University

4.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Nevada - Reno

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

National University

3.5%

Case Western Reserve University

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

37.1%

Computer Science

24.1%

Computer Engineering

20.0%

Business

3.2%

Mathematics

2.6%

Engineering

1.9%

Physics

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Mathematics And Computer Science

0.9%

Information Systems

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.6%

Music

0.6%

Engineering Technology

0.6%

Computer Programming

0.6%

Philosophy

0.4%

Finance

0.4%

Photography

0.4%

Aerospace Engineering

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

43.5%

Bachelors

43.5%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

3.4%

Certificate

1.2%

Associate

0.8%

Diploma

0.2%
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