Computer Hardware Architects in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $120K annually. With some bonuses approaching $25K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Computer Hardware Architects spread between $98K and $177K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$95,840 - $164,867
MEDIAN: $119,984

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$95,840 - $164,867  
$0.00 - $25,168  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $9,091  
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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).
$97,813 - $177,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Architect

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Computer Hardware Architects with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Annually raking in $112K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Computer Hardware Architects see a median salary of $151K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $156K.

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"Any career but Engineering."
Get a business degree. The coarse load is easier and the pay is better than engineering.

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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

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Common Health Benefits

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Medical: 100%
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Dental: 89%
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Vision: 83%
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