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Average Hardware Design Engineer Salary

$87,943
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,869
Bonus
$2,829
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The average salary for a Hardware Design Engineer is $87,943.
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$66k
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$88k
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$127k
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What Do Hardware Design Engineers Do?

Job Satisfaction for Hardware Design Engineer

3.7 out of 5
(42)
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Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Design Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Hardware Design Engineer are from the companies Intel Corporation, Teradyne, Incorporated and Apple Computer, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $123,303. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Intel Corporation, earning around $101,902. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. pays the lowest at around $92,595. Teradyne, Incorporated also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $94,048.

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What Are Popular Skills for Hardware Design Engineers?

Skills in Digital Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE), Engineering Design and Board Design / Debug.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Design Engineers?

An entry-level Hardware Design Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $70,507 based on 21 salaries. An early career Hardware Design Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,287 based on 112 salaries. A mid-career Hardware Design Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,553 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Hardware Design Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,734 based on 36 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $112,444.
Employees with Hardware Design Engineer in their job title in Cupertino, California earn an average of 51.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Mountain View, California (36.4% more) and Sunnyvale, California (31.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Boston, Massachusetts (2.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 254 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.3%
Early Career
44.1%
Mid Career
26.0%
Experienced
14.2%
Late Career
7.5%

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