Computer Hardware Architect Salary

Computer Hardware Architects in the United States take home an average $120K per year. 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 experience level and the particular employer 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. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while nearly all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$90,089 - $157,653
MEDIAN: $119,910

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$90,089 - $157,653  
$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).
$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.


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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design and System Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 18 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.

Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $113K per year. For Computer Hardware Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $159K. 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 $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

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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.


16 %
84 %

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: 92%
medical benefits
Vision: 88%
dental benefits
None: 1%