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Computer Hardware Architect Salary

An average Computer Hardware Architect in the United States can expect to take home roughly $119K annually. With some bonuses approaching $32K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Computer Hardware Architects spread between $91K and $173K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and almost all get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Computer Hardware Architects are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$89,260 - $157,607
MEDIAN: $118,725

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$89,260 - $157,607  
$0.00 - $31,748  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $10,304  
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).
$91,485 - $173,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Architect

Computer hardware architects are responsible for creating and implementing computer hardware architecture for their organization. They are in charge of modifying and developing effective hardware devices and models that can increase productivity, efficiency, and reduction of company costs. Some of their main responsibilities include utilizing programming experience and knowledge to code hardware aspects and functions. In addition, they need to be familiar with computer architecture methodologies.


Computer Hardware Architect Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Computer Hardware Architects who took the survey. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design and System Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Engineering Design and System Architecture are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $112K. Computer Hardware Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $159K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $145K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


17 %
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 98% dental benefits Dental: 93%
vision benefits Vision: 90% employee benefits None: 1%