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Hardware Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Hardware Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $81K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation for Hardware Engineers runs from $59K to $122K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. Most Hardware Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,327 - $115,876
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$60K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,279
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$15.35 - $50.02
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,327 - $115,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,881  
Profit Sharing
$968 - $10,108  
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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$59,243 - $122,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 709
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $50.02  
   
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 - $13,881  
   
Profit Sharing
$968 - $10,108  
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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$59,243 - $122,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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 $108K per year. Going from Hardware Engineer to Electrical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Electrical Engineers is $67K. Many others choose to work as Senior Electrical Engineers, where pay is typically $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Qualcomm Inc, Apple Computer, Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Hardware Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Apple Computer, Inc — the median salary there is $122K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $82K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $173K. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Cisco Systems Inc ($110K), Qualcomm Inc ($103K), and Oracle Corp. ($102K).

Other low-paying employers include Hewlett-Packard Company at $87K and Intel Corporation at $98K, though some Hardware Engineers there earn up to $138K.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey results imply that Hardware Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Matlab, Systems Engineering, and verilog are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 28 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and VHDL. Board Design / Debug and Engineering Design are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


Hardware Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $89K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $75K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $115K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Hardware Engineers will find that Cupertino offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+35 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Boston (+31 percent), and Santa Clara (+26 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Hardware Engineer's salary, with Dallas Hardware Engineers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (14 percent lower) and Denver (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries




National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 36%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 28%

up arrow 17%


Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
up arrow 5%

Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Board Design / Debug
up arrow 2%

Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 1%

Linux
0%

C++
0%

National Average
$83,000

C
up arrow 4%

VHDL
up arrow 8%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 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
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%
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