Hardware Engineer Salary

Male Hardware Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $82K annually in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Hardware Engineers stretch from $59K on the lower end to $125K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $14K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Hardware Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$60,075 - $120,195
(Median)
$60K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,008
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$14.65 - $49.26
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$15
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,075 - $120,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,492  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $10,256  
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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$58,978 - $124,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 900
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $49.26  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $73.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,492  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $10,256  
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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$58,978 - $124,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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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Many Hardware Engineers move into a Senior Hardware Design Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $109K per year. The most common promotion for Hardware Engineers is an Electrical Engineer position, which usually brings in $68K a year. Another standard transition for Hardware Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Electrical Engineer role, where pay is often $96K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Qualcomm Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Hardware Engineers. Google, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $145K. Also paying near the top of the field are Apple Computer, Inc at $122K, Oracle Corp. at $106K, and Cisco Systems Inc, where Hardware Engineers annually earn $106K.

Seakr Engineering, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($73K). Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Lockheed Martin Corp ($75K), Rockwell Automation, Inc. ($76K), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($81K).

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Hardware Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Systems Engineering, verilog, and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 16 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and VHDL. Board Design / Debug and Engineering Design are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $76K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $90K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $105K. Hardware Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $106K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,200

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Cupertino is home to an above-average pay rate for Hardware Engineers, 42 percent higher than the national average. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+41 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Santa Clara (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+24 percent). Hardware Engineers in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Employers in Houston and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries




National Average
$84,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
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Test Engineering
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Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$84,000

Board Design / Debug
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C++
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Linux
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Verilog Vhdl
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C
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Matlab
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 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
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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