Hardware Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Hardware Engineers earn an average of $81K annually. Total cash earnings of Hardware Engineers range from $60K on the low end to $122K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $14K and $10K, respectively. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Hardware Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,543 - $114,770
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$61K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,358
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$15.17 - $50.57
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,543 - $114,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,161  
Profit Sharing
$962 - $10,166  
Total Pay (?
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$59,587 - $121,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $50.57  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $67.56  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$962 - $10,166  
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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$59,587 - $121,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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 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. Becoming an 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. A median salary for an Electrical Engineer is $67K. Another frequent advance is for Hardware Engineers to assume a Senior Electrical Engineer role; in this role, workers often take home $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corporation, Qualcomm Inc, Apple Computer, Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company are top-notch employers for Hardware Engineers in this area. Although Apple Computer, Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $122K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $81K on the low end all the way up to $176K at the top.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Hardware Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Matlab, Systems Engineering, and verilog are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 28 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and VHDL. Engineering Design is a skill commonly found among those who know Board Design / Debug.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

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


Hardware Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $76K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $88K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 45 percent, Hardware Engineers in Cupertino receive some of the highest pay in the country. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+34 percent), Boston (+30 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), and San Jose (+24 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Hardware Engineers in Dallas earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Denver (14 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 26%


National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 35%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 28%

up arrow 18%



Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
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Board Design / Debug
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C++
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Test Engineering
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Engineering Design
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Linux
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National Average
$83,000

C
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VHDL
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 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
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%