Computer Hardware Architect Salary

Computer Hardware Architects in the United States can expect to earn an average of $118K annually. Total cash compensation to Computer Hardware Architects bottoms out near $92K and approaches $173K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $32K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. The vast majority of Computer Hardware Architects (83 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$89,381 - $157,285

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$89,381 - $157,285  
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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).
$91,644 - $173,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Job skills reported by Computer Hardware Architects are limited. 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 9 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.

Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $111K per year. For Computer Hardware Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $158K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $148K on average.

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

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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

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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: 89% employee benefits None: 1%