Computer Hardware Architect Salary

Median pay for Computer Hardware Architects in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $120K annually. In the world of Computer Hardware Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $32K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $39K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $93K and $174K. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. The vast majority of Computer Hardware Architects (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while almost all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$90,089 - $157,653
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$90K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $119,910
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$90,089 - $157,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,155  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $39,368  
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).
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$92,619 - $173,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Architect

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


New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $113K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Computer Hardware Architects bring in $159K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $151K.

Computer Hardware Architect Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Computer Hardware Architect in Scottsdale:
"Any career but Engineering."
Get a business degree. The coarse load is easier and the pay is better than engineering.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$126,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

Engineering Design
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National Average
$126,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
medical benefits
Vision: 88%
dental benefits
None: 1%
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