Hardware Engineer Salary

An average Hardware Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $84K per year. Total cash earnings of Hardware Engineers range from $58K on the low end to $135K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $20K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure 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. Work is enjoyable for Hardware Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,747 - $128,987
$60K
$84K
$130K
MEDIAN: $84,451
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50%
90%

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$14.19 - $48.91
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MEDIAN: $29.32
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$0$134K
Salary $59,747 - $128,987
Bonus $288.00 - $14,830
Profit Sharing $292.33 - $19,797
Commission $750
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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$57,668 - $134,838
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 683
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $14.19 - $48.91
Overtime $19.73 - $74.69
Annual Data $0$134K
Bonus $288.00 - $14,830
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $292.33 - $19,797
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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$57,668 - $134,838
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

  • 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.

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 $112K per year. An Electrical Engineer role is the most common promotion for Hardware Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $69K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Hardware Engineers is a Senior Electrical Engineer position, where earnings are usually $96K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Hardware Engineers include Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company. Hardware Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Google, Inc., where the average salary comes to $133K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Apple Computer, Inc, Oracle, and Oracle Corp., where Hardware Engineers typically earn around $126K, $120K, or $113K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cisco Systems Inc at $72K, Seakr Engineering, Inc. at $78K, and Rockwell Automation, Inc., where $81K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey results imply that Hardware Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in verilog, Verilog Vhdl, C++ Programming Language, and Field-Programmable Gate Array are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Linux. Those proficient in Board Design / Debug are, more often than not, also skilled in C.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Hardware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Hardware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 426 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hardware Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 213 salaries. An experienced Hardware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 132 salaries. A Hardware Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,785

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Hardware Engineers, busy Mountain View offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+41 percent), Cupertino (+40 percent), Sunnyvale (+37 percent), and San Jose (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (19 percent lower) and Houston (17 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Hardware Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲34%

▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$86,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲15%

▲8%






National Average
$86,000

C programming Language
▼1%

▼1%

C++
▼3%

▼4%

C
▼6%

▼7%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 7%
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