Computer Hardware Architect Salary
Male Computer Hardware Architects number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $131K per year in the United States. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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.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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Architect
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $125K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($117K) on average. Computer Hardware Architects see a median salary of $151K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Computer Hardware Architects who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $156K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Computer Hardware Architects, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Computer Hardware Architect's salary, with Portland Computer Hardware Architects earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average.