Hardware Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Hardware Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $82K per year. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Hardware Engineers spread between $59K and $123K depending on individual performance. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. For the most part, Hardware Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,463 - $116,961

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$15.10 - $49.73

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,463 - $116,961  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,097  
Profit Sharing
$957 - $10,137  
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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$59,363 - $122,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 749
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $49.73  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $67.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,097  
   
Profit Sharing
$957 - $10,137  
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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$59,363 - $122,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Hardware Design Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $108K per year. An Electrical Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Hardware Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $68K on average. The Senior Electrical Engineer position is another common transition for Hardware Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $95K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Hardware Engineers. Apple Computer, Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $122K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $82K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $172K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Cisco Systems Inc, Oracle Corp., and Qualcomm Inc, where Hardware Engineers typically earn around $110K, $106K, or $103K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lockheed Martin Corp ($75K), Hewlett-Packard Company ($87K), and Intel Corporation ($96K).

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey takers working as Hardware Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Matlab, Systems Engineering, and verilog are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 27 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and VHDL. Experience with Board Design / Debug is often linked with knowledge of 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $75K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $90K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $105K. Hardware Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Hardware Engineers, busy Cupertino offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+38 percent), Boston (+28 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), and Santa Clara (+25 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Hardware Engineers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (15 percent lower) and Denver (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries




National Average
$84,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 37%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 27%

up arrow 18%


Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
up arrow 4%

Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Board Design / Debug
0%

Linux
0%

C++
0%

National Average
$84,000

Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 4%

VHDL
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 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
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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