Hardware Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Hardware Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $82K annually nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Hardware Engineers spread between $59K and $122K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of Hardware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,189 - $116,674
(Median)
$60K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,684
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90%

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$15.10 - $49.73
(Median)
$15
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,189 - $116,674  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,423  
Profit Sharing
$950 - $10,067  
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).
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$59,084 - $122,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 739
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $49.73  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $67.11  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,423  
   
Profit Sharing
$950 - $10,067  
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).
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$59,084 - $122,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Hardware Engineer

Hardware engineers are responsible for designing computer hardware for their company. They participate in every aspect of product development, including concept creation, prototype design, product development, and testing. One of their main duties includes proposing architecture and design execution. They also participate in validation tasks after a prototype has been created, performing careful analysis to identify hardware issues and suggest changes to the development team. Hardware engineers generally report their progress to the hardware leader in their department.

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Hardware Engineer 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.

Common Career Paths for Hardware Engineer


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Advancing into a Senior Hardware Design Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Hardware Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $108K per year. An Electrical Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Hardware Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $68K on average. The Senior Electrical Engineer position is another common transition for Hardware Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $95K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company are among the top companies that take on many Hardware Engineers. Although Apple Computer, Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $122K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $82K on the low end all the way up to $172K at the top. Other big spenders include Cisco Systems Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Oracle Corp., top-paying firms where Hardware Engineers see paychecks nearing $110K, $103K, or $102K.

Lockheed Martin Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company and Intel Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $75K, $87K, and $96K.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey takers working as Hardware Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Matlab, Systems Engineering, and verilog are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 28 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and VHDL. Employees educated in Board Design / Debug are typically practiced in Engineering Design, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $75K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $115K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Hardware Engineers in Cupertino enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+38 percent), Boston (+29 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), and Santa Clara (+26 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Hardware Engineers in Dallas earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Denver (14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries




National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 35%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 28%

up arrow 17%


Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
up arrow 4%

Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Board Design / Debug
up arrow 1%

Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$83,000

Linux
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 4%

VHDL
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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