Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States take home approximately $77K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Computer Hardware Engineers runs from $45K to $147K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $29K and profit sharing that can reach almost $33K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most Computer Hardware Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Computer Hardware Engineers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,552 - $141,732
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MEDIAN: $80,356
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$14.83 - $44.99
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$0$151K
Salary $49,552 - $141,732
Bonus $50.68 - $24,658
Profit Sharing $45.00 - $32,500
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$47,015 - $151,190
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 290
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $14.83 - $44.99
Hourly Tips $4.56
Overtime $19.87 - $65.44
Annual Data $0$151K
Bonus $50.68 - $24,658
Profit Sharing $45.00 - $32,500
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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$47,015 - $151,190
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 44

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer 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.

Computer Hardware Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Hardware Engineer


The biggest paychecks can be found at Intel Corporation — the median salary there is $135K.

Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know verilog can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java and C++. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Hardware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Hardware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 218 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Hardware Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 69 salaries. An experienced Computer Hardware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 49 salaries. A Computer Hardware Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,864

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 77 percent, Computer Hardware Engineers in Santa Clara receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+31 percent), Austin (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Computer Hardware Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Computer Hardware Engineers in Chicago bring in salaries that are 33 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (28 percent less) and Indianapolis (24 percent less).

Computer Hardware Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Hardware Engineer?

Computer Hardware Engineer in Folsom:
"Trying to be agile within a results-oriented culture."
Pros: Flexibility and the smart people I work with; keeps me engaged in helping the group deliver the best products possible to our customers!
Cons: Working in a big company it is hard to feel like you make a big impact.

Computer Hardware Engineer in Indianapolis:
"The work is very enjoyable."
Pros: I enjoy designing analog circuits and interfacing them with MircoProcessors. This is honestly the best part of my job.
Cons: The raw lack of communication between young and older engineers.

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Key Stats for Computer Hardware Engineer

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲45%

Late-Career
▲37%

▲10%

National Average
$78,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
▲21%

National Average
$78,000

Board Design / Debug
▼1%




Computer Hardware Technician
▼5%

C
▼6%


C++
▼9%

Java
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 11%
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