Embedded Systems November 2000 Vol13_12

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ciable time. So we also wanted to know what kind of hours embedded develop- ers have to work to get the job done. What we found surprised us. It turns out that most of you aren't in the lab late at night alter all-at least, not very often. Survey respondents indicated that they worked an average of about 45 hours a week, with only 6% working more than 60 hours a week. In fact, an astonishing 14% indicated they work 40 hours a week or less. The largest group ( 40%) worked 41 to 45 hours a week with an additional 28% spending 46 to 50 hours at the office in their typical week. Figure 3 shows the geographic dis- tribution of embedded developers. As expected, the West Coast (CA, HI) won that battle handily at 23%. The Midwest (IA, IN, IL, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI) also made a very strong show- ing at 19%. The Mid Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV) had more (13%) than the equally matched Southwest (AZ, AR, OK, TX, NM) and Soutl1east (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN) regions (10% each) . The remaining respondents were spread out between the Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT), North Central (CO, KS, MT, ND, NE, NV, SD, UT, WY), and Northwest (AK, OR, WA, ID) sec- tions of the country at 9%, 8%, and 6%, respectively. Pay day So how many of you are earning what you thought you'd be earning? The largest percentage (32%) currently earn annual gross salaries (excluding bonuses) in the $50,000 to $74,999 range (see Figure 4). In this free-form answer, the mean and median diverged slightly. The mathematical average of the reported salaries was $80,091, while the median, or mid- point, salary was $75,000 even. It seems about 27% of you earn just slightly more t11an tl1e median, falling within tl1e $75,000 to $99,999 range. Twelve percent of you earn $100,000 to $149,999 and a lucky 4% earn $150,000 or mm-e. On tl1e lower end of the scale, 7% earn salaries of $25,000 to $49,999 and 3% earn less tl1an $25,000. But it's all about the benefits, right? In a multiple response question , 85% of embedded developers reported that they received medical coverage, 79% received dental coverage, and 78% have a 401k plan. For tl1e work weary, 84% received at least 10 vacation days a year, and a lucky 5% can also take sabbaticals. For tl1ose desiring furtl1er educational training (perhaps to boost a below-average salary), 66% of you could take advantage of a tuition reim- bursement plan. Otl1er financial incentives for work- ing include bonuses, which 28% receive regularly, and stock option and profit sharing plans ( 48% are eligi- ble). For those receiving a bonus with- in tl1e last 12 months (almost 50% of you), tl1e average bonus was equiva- lent to about 8% of your salary. But, unfortunately, 60% of all bonuses were limited to 6% or less. Only a lucky 4% received bonuses of 20% or more of tl1eir salary in tl1e last year. Raises, too, can be an important ~ tV\CI~rre· • • WI RELESS For more information, contact us at, or toll free at 877-Zucotto. factor for the happiness and financial well-being of engineers. And it seems tl1at embedded developers are cur- rently beating the consumer price index by a long shot. The average raise received in tl1e last 12 months was a whopping 6%. That's one sure way to increase the standard of living of t11e entire industry. Now that you've seen what every- body else is earning and what kind of benefits and bonuses your colleagues are receiving, it may be time to ask the question: are you making what you're wortl1? esp Merlina Trevino is the associate editor of Communications Systems Design, also published by CMP Media. Send her e-mail at 90 NOVEMBER 2000 Embedded Systems Programming

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