$85,215
Avg. Salary
$30.03
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,984

Bonus

$4,750

Profit Sharing

$750

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Hardware Engineer is $30.03 per hour.

The median Hardware Engineer has a base pay of $85,215. Salaries generally range from $61k to $130k. The median bonus is $4,984. Skills that can affect salary include Engineering Design, Board Design / Debug, C, Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), C programming Language, C++, C++ Programming Language, Microsoft Office, verilog, Linux, Test Engineering, Microsoft Word, VHDL, Matlab, Verilog Vhdl.
$16.54
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$30.03
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$49.60
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MEDIAN $30.03
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MEDIAN $85,215
$60,969 - $129,632
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MEDIAN: $85,215
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$0$135K
Salary $60,969 - $129,632
Bonus $963 - $15,097
Profit Sharing $795 - $19,866
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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$59,197 - $135,481
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,310
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $16.54 - $49.60
Overtime $19.73 - $74.04
Annual Data $0$135K
Bonus $963 - $15,097
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $795 - $19,866
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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$59,197 - $135,481
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 102

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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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).

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.

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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: $86,503

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).

Hardware Engineer Reviews

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

Hardware Engineer in Chicago:
Pros: lots of stuff to do outside of work.
Cons: cold winter

Hardware Engineer in Livermore:
"Don't like it miss socal far to left for me."
Pros: don't like it miss socal far to left for me
Cons: way to many Dems

Hardware Engineer in Auburn Hills:
"Good."
Pros: All EMC and design support.
Cons: Non.

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Key Stats for Hardware Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲33%

▲18%

▲9%

National Average
$87,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲14%

▲7%



National Average
$87,000




C programming Language
▼2%

▼2%

C++
▼4%

▼5%

C
▼6%

▼8%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 6%