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Computer Hardware Architect Salary

Computer Hardware Architects in the United States can expect wages of $119K annually on average. In the world of Computer Hardware Architects, total cash compensation can vary between $91K and $174K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $31K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. The vast majority of Computer Hardware Architects (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and almost all get vision coverage. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Computer Hardware Architects — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$88,759 - $161,936
MEDIAN: $118,725

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$88,759 - $161,936  
$479.20 - $31,389  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $10,304  
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).
$90,880 - $174,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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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Professional skills reported by Computer Hardware Architects are few in number. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design and System Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Experience with Engineering Design is often linked with 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $159K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Computer Hardware Architects report making only $145K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

Engineering Design
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System Architecture
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


19 %
81 %

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%