Computer Hardware Engineer Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $31.10 $50.15 $74.45
Annual Wage $64,600 $104,200 $154,800
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Computer Hardware Engineers design, develop, and evaluate computer or computer-related equipment used for commercial, scientific, industrial, or military applications. They often oversee the manufacturing and installation of computer equipment and its components, such as circuit boards, networks, processors, memory devices, and routers.

In May 2012, the median annual wage for computer hardware engineers was $79,300. The lowest ten percent of engineers earned less than $51,300, while the top ten percent earned over $122,000 a year.

The annual compensation for computer hardware engineers for the top five industries that employ these professionals are as follows:

Federal government $89,400
Local government $83,700
Architectural and engineering services $79,500
Architectural and engineering services $74,200
Commercial building construction $73,700
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