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Computer Hardware Architect Salary (United States)

Computer Hardware Architects in the United States pull down an average of $120K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Almost all workers receive medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision plans. Most Computer Hardware Architects are men (77 percent). Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$91,350 - $160,713
MEDIAN: $119,756
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National Salary Data

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$91,350 - $160,713  
$481.02 - $32,681  
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$93,301 - $175,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Computer Hardware Architects who took the survey. Most notably, facility with System Architecture and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 26 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Engineering Design to be familiar with System Architecture as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Architect

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Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $117K per year. For Computer Hardware Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $160K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $150K on average. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Computer Hardware Architects report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with one to 10 years.

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Computer Hardware Architects will find that Santa Clara offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 89% employee benefits None: 2%