Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

More than half of Hardware Engineers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $81,158 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $58,129 to $119,650 per year. With some bonuses approaching $12,493 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $9,635, overall incomes in the Hardware Engineers from $59,181 to $111,816 depending on individual performance. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. In this profession, the vast majority individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Hardware Engineers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$59,181 - $111,816
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MEDIAN: $79,085
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Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$59,181 - $111,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,493  
Profit Sharing
$804 - $9,635  
Total Pay (?
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$58,129 - $119,650  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $50.87  
   
Overtime
$16.61 - $68.03  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,493  
   
Profit Sharing
$804 - $9,635  
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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$58,129 - $119,650  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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As Hardware Engineers make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $26K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Senior Hardware Design Engineer. The most common promotion for Hardware Engineers, an Electrical Engineer position actually brings in $14,234 less. Another standard transition for Hardware Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Electrical Engineer role, where pay often climbs by $13,427.

Hardware Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer

Although Cisco Systems Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $109,245, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $77K or as much as $155K.
Though lagging the field in terms of compensation—Intel Corporation offers the lowest median salary at $97,374—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $71K and reaching $152K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Oracle Corp. ($102,439) and Qualcomm Inc ($105,103).

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer

Hardware Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Matlab, verilog, and Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 16 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and VHDL. It is often found that people who know C are also skilled in verilog and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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In most cases, Hardware Engineers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $77K to $88K. Between one and two decades on the job, workers' pay passes the six-figure mark, with typical earnings around $107K. After 20 years in the field, Hardware Engineers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $107K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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There's tons of opportunity for Hardware Engineers in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. Mountain View, San Francisco, and San Jose all offer salaries above the national rate. Texas is anything but the land of opportunity for Hardware Engineers. The state is home to the three lowest-paying cities in the field, with Dallas, Houston, and Austin all offering salaries below the national rate. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Austin (-12 percent and -11 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$81,000

Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Matlab
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Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
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C++
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Test Engineering
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Perl
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Linux
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Engineering Design
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Verilog Vhdl
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National Average
$81,000
Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C
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VHDL
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%
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