Hardware Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Hardware Engineers earn an average of $85K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K each, total incomes of Hardware Engineers generally range from $58K to $135K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Hardware Engineers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,374 - $129,885
$60K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,083
10%
50%
90%

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$14.09 - $49.24
$14
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $29.02
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50%
90%

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$0$135K
Salary $60,374 - $129,885
Bonus $198.66 - $14,813
Profit Sharing $300.00 - $17,500
Commission $750
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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$58,679 - $135,555
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 709
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $14.09 - $49.24
Overtime $18.63 - $74.90
Annual Data $0$135K
Bonus $198.66 - $14,813
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $300.00 - $17,500
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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$58,679 - $135,555
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Hardware Engineer


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Many Hardware Engineers move into a Senior Hardware Design Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $112K per year. Going from Hardware Engineer to Electrical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Electrical Engineers is $69K. Many others choose to work as Senior Electrical Engineers, where pay is typically $96K.

Hardware Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Hardware Engineer


Hardware Engineers flock to Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Qualcomm Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Google, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $133K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Apple Computer, Inc, Oracle, and Oracle Corp., where Hardware Engineers typically earn around $126K, $120K, or $113K, respectively.

Cisco Systems Inc, Seakr Engineering, Inc., and Rockwell Automation, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($72K, $78K, and $81K respectively).

Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer


Hardware Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in verilog, Verilog Vhdl, C++ Programming Language, and Field-Programmable Gate Array are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Linux. Those proficient in Board Design / Debug are, more often than not, also skilled in C.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Hardware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Hardware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 426 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $94,000 based on 213 salaries. An experienced Hardware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 132 salaries. A 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 $115,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,136

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

For those looking to make money, Hardware Engineers in Mountain View enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+40 percent), Cupertino (+39 percent), Sunnyvale (+36 percent), and San Jose (+21 percent). Hardware Engineers in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Houston (19 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Hardware Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲32%

▲17%

▲8%

National Average
$87,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲13%

▲6%



National Average
$87,000



C programming Language
▼2%


▼3%

C++
▼4%

▼6%

C
▼7%

▼8%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 6%
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