Men represent the vast majority of Computer Hardware Architects in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $129K annually nationwide. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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MEDIAN: $128,814
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$-0.50 - $31,319  
Profit Sharing
$7,250  
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$97,579 - $175,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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.

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $125K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Hardware Architects make a median salary of $151K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $156K on average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Computer Hardware Architect?

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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Key Stats for Computer Hardware Architect

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Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$143,000

Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Architect Salaries


Engineering Design
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National Average
$143,000

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None:
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