Average Hardware Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Hardware Engineer is $85,192.
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$61k - $130k
$972 - $15k
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$965 - $20k
$0 - $750
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$59k - $136k

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Job Description for Hardware Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Hardware Engineer are from the companies Apple Computer, Inc, Intel Corporation and Cisco Systems Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $128,502. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Google, Inc. and Qualcomm Inc, earning around $119,724 and $102,844, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $72,877. Honeywell Aerospace and Intel Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $80,131 and $95,217, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Hardware Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Hardware Engineer
Senior Hardware Design Engineer
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Senior Electrical Engineer
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Popular Skills for Hardware Engineer

Skills in Board Design / Debug and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C Programming Language, Test Engineering and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Hardware Engineer

An entry-level Hardware Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $74,523 based on 156 salaries. An early career Hardware Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,873 based on 655 salaries. A mid-career Hardware Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,400 based on 344 salaries. An experienced Hardware Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $104,355 based on 189 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $115,834.
Employees with Hardware Engineer in their job title in Cupertino, California earn an average of 51.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Mountain View, California (42.1% more) and Santa Clara, California (37.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (3.0% less).

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