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Computer Hardware Architect Salary

Earnings for Computer Hardware Architects in the United States come in at around $118K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Computer Hardware Architects stretch from $91K on the lower end to $173K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $31K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Computer Hardware Architects (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and nearly all get vision plans, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$88,887 - $158,580
MEDIAN: $118,459

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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.
$88,887 - $158,580  
$0.00 - $31,290  
Profit Sharing
$3,500 - $25,000  
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).
$91,025 - $172,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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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Computer Hardware Architects report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design and System Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Competency in Engineering Design frequently indicates knowledge of System Architecture.

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 — $112K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Computer Hardware Architects who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $158K. For some reason, Computer Hardware Architects with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $145K.

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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: 97% dental benefits Dental: 94%
vision benefits Vision: 91% employee benefits None: 1%