Average Hardware Design Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Hardware Design Engineer is $86,951.
MEDIAN $86,951
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$66k - $126k
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$650 - $11k
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$67k - $131k

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Job Description for Hardware Design Engineer

Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Design Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Hardware Design Engineer are from the companies Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, 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 $94,983. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. pays the lowest at around $92,595. Teradyne, Incorporated also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $93,219.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Hardware Design Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
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Popular Skills for Hardware Design Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Design Engineer

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 $69,988 based on 37 salaries. An early career Hardware Design Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,275 based on 119 salaries. A mid-career Hardware Design Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,749 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Hardware Design Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $106,757 based on 38 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $109,927.
Employees with Hardware Design Engineer in their job title in Cupertino, California earn an average of 44.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Santa Clara, California (41.1% more) and San Jose, California (22.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah (19.6% less).

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