Computer Hardware Architect Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Computer Hardware Architects in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $129K annually nationwide. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$97,163 - $161,073|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $31,319|
|Total Pay (||$97,579 - $175,287|
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.Read More...
These individuals are organized and pay close attention to detail to minimize hardware malfunctions. They know how to operate different computer systems and language environments. Computer hardware architects are responsible for conducting regular verification sessions and lead a team of computer architect professionals to reach all project objectives within a given timeline. However, these experts can perform on their own with minimal supervision. They are analytical and come up with innovative solutions to architecture problems. They use a personal computer to design and troubleshoot different connectivity, features, and performance issues with hardware. They possess excellent communication skills to interact with computer specialists and solve any hardware architecture problems as soon as they come up. They collaborate with information technology operations to determine project requirements and design different configurations based on the company needs. They also coordinate meetings to implement capabilities and define solutions for adaptability, scale issues, and costs. They write detailed technical documents and report their progress to the hardware architecture vice president in their organization. Computer hardware architects use test tools to verify bugs in test hardware models.
A bachelor's degree in computer science, system engineering, or a related field is required for this position. Previous years of work experience as a hardware architect can be helpful. Industry and technology certifications are a plus.
Computer Hardware Architect Tasks
- Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
- Write documentation and test specifications.
- Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
- Provide technical support to team members.
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New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $125K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Hardware Architects make a median salary of $151K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $156K on average.