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Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

A Hardware Engineer earns an average salary of $79,085 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Matlab, verilog, and Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE).
Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$59,181 - $111,816
(Median)
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79K
99K
110K
MEDIAN: $79,085
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Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$16.00 - $50.87
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,181 - $111,816  
   
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $50.87  
   
Overtime
$16.61 - $68.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$58,129 - $119,650  
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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Mountain View
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San Francisco
up arrow 36%
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Raleigh
up arrow 13%
Sunnyvale
up arrow 8%
National Average
$81,000
Austin
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Houston
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Dallas
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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%
National Average
$81,000

Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 39%
up arrow 16%
Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
up arrow 11%
C++
up arrow 7%
Test Engineering
up arrow 6%
Perl
up arrow 5%
Linux
up arrow 4%
Engineering Design
up arrow 3%
Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 1%
National Average
$81,000
Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 1%
C
up arrow 3%
VHDL
up arrow 8%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 131 votes.

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%