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Hardware Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Hardware Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $80K annually. Final cash compensation to Hardware Engineers varies from around $58K to approximately $119K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $13K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of Hardware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,678 - $111,767
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$60K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,639
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$15.56 - $50.57
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$16
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,678 - $111,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,920  
Profit Sharing
$888 - $9,814  
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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$58,381 - $119,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.56 - $50.57  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $67.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$888 - $9,814  
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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$58,381 - $119,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 who transition into an upper level Senior Hardware Design Engineer role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $107K per year. The most common promotion for Hardware Engineers is an Electrical Engineer position, which usually brings in $67K a year. Another standard transition for Hardware Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Electrical Engineer role, where pay is often $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Hardware Engineers, Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Qualcomm Inc, Oracle Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Company are leading firms in the industry. Although Cisco Systems Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $112K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $71K to $152K.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Hardware Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Systems Engineering, Matlab, and verilog are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 21 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and VHDL. For most people, competency in C indicates knowledge of Linux and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $86K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $74K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. Hardware Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Hardware Engineers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Mountain View offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+33 percent), San Francisco (+32 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), and Santa Clara (+25 percent). For Hardware Engineers, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, three Texas cities, are home to the lowest salaries in the United States, all claiming a rate below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Houston and 8 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%



National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 31%

Matlab
up arrow 21%

up arrow 16%

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 11%

Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
up arrow 9%

C++
up arrow 7%


Test Engineering
up arrow 5%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 2%

Verilog Vhdl
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National Average
$82,000

C
up arrow 4%

VHDL
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%