Hardware Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Hardware Engineers earn an average of $82K per year. Total cash earnings of Hardware Engineers range from $59K on the low end to $125K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $14K and $10K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hardware Engineers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,075 - $120,195
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$120K
MEDIAN: $82,008
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$14.65 - $49.26
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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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Hardware Engineers who move on to become Senior Hardware Design Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Hardware Design Engineers get paid an average of $109K per year. Becoming an Electrical Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Hardware Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Electrical Engineer is $68K. Another frequent advance is for Hardware Engineers to assume a Senior Electrical Engineer role; in this role, workers often take home $96K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Hardware Engineers flock to Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Qualcomm Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Google, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $145K. Apple Computer, Inc, Oracle Corp., and Cisco Systems Inc also offer top salaries for Hardware Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $122K, $106K, and $106K, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at Seakr Engineering, Inc., where the median salary of $73K is the lowest in the field, just about half of the top paying company's median. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lockheed Martin Corp at $75K, Rockwell Automation, Inc. at $76K, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where $81K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Many workers who know Board Design / Debug also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


For Hardware Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $76K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $90K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $105K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $106K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,200

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Hardware Engineers will find that Cupertino offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+41 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Santa Clara (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+24 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Hardware Engineers is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Houston and 5 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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