Hardware Engineer Salary

Male Hardware Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $84K annually in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $14K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $11K, overall incomes of Hardware Engineers spread between $58K and $130K depending on individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of Hardware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$59,823 - $125,785
$60K
$84K
$130K
MEDIAN: $84,134
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90%

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$11.59 - $48.63
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$49
MEDIAN: $28.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,823 - $125,785  
   
Bonus
$485.81 - $14,197  
Profit Sharing
$75.00 - $10,850  
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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$57,907 - $130,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 690
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $48.63  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $75.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$485.81 - $14,197  
   
Profit Sharing
$75.00 - $10,850  
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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$57,907 - $130,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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 $111K per year. Becoming a Senior Electrical Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Hardware Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $96K. Another frequent advance is for Hardware Engineers to assume a Computer Hardware Engineer role; in this role, workers often earn $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Hardware Engineers include Apple Computer, Inc, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company. Google, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $133K. Apple Computer, Inc, Oracle, and Oracle Corp. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Hardware Engineers earning around $125K, $117K, or $113K at each firm, respectively.

Cisco Systems Inc, Seakr Engineering, Inc., and Rockwell Automation, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($73K, $77K, and $80K respectively).

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey takers working as Hardware Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in verilog, C++ Programming Language, Field-Programmable Gate Array, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Linux. Most people familiar with Board Design / Debug also know C.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $76K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $93K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $101K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,697

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For Hardware Engineers, Mountain View provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+41 percent), Cupertino (+40 percent), Sunnyvale (+36 percent), and San Jose (+22 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Hardware Engineers in Dallas earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Houston and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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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 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲29%

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$86,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲14%




▲5%

Engineering Design
▼0%

C programming Language
▼0%

Matlab
▼0%

National Average
$86,000


C++
▼3%

C
▼5%

▼7%

▼7%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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