Men account for the majority of Hardware Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $84K annually. In the world of Hardware Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $57K and $130K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $10K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Hardware Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,348 - $125,433
(Median)
$59K
$84K
$130K
MEDIAN: $83,632
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$12.88 - $48.07
(Median)
$13
$28
$48
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,348 - $125,433  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $13,771  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $10,265  
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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$57,496 - $129,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 674
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $48.07  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $75.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$489.36 - $13,771  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $10,265  
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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$57,496 - $129,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Advancing into a Senior Hardware Design Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Hardware Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $111K per year. The most common promotion for Hardware Engineers is Senior Electrical Engineer, a position that typically pays $96K annually. Another standard transition for Hardware Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Computer Hardware Engineer role, where pay is often $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Apple Computer, Inc, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Seakr Engineering, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Hardware Engineers. Hardware Engineers flock to Google, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $145K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Apple Computer, Inc, Oracle, and Oracle Corp., where earnings of $123K, $117K, or $109K are standard for Hardware Engineers.

With a median salary of only $75K (about half the top paying employer's rate), Cisco Systems Inc lags significantly in the earnings department. Seakr Engineering, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, and Rockwell Automation, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $76K, $77K, and $81K.

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Survey takers working as Hardware Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in verilog, Field-Programmable Gate Array, C++ Programming Language, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Linux, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in 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.


Hardware Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $76K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $94K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $100K. 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 $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,284

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For Hardware Engineers, Mountain View provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cupertino (+45 percent), Sunnyvale (+37 percent), Santa Clara (+30 percent), and San Jose (+21 percent). Compared to the national average, Dallas Hardware Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (16 percent lower) and Los Angeles (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries




National Average
$85,000


Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C++ Programming Language
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Engineering Design
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Board Design / Debug
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Test Engineering
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National Average
$85,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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