Computer Hardware Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for computer hardware engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of computer hardware engineers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Computer Hardware Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$77,890
25th Percentile Wage
$103,030
50th Percentile Wage
$133,960
75th Percentile Wage
$162,740
90th Percentile Wage
$197,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer hardware engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $197,710. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $133,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $77,890.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of computer hardware engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$133,960
-1.19% 15.44%
2016
$135,560
4.11% -
2015
$129,990
5.15% -
2014
$123,300
6.76% -
2013
$114,970
1.48% -
2012
$113,270
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Computer Hardware Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of computer hardware engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of computer hardware engineers in state of California ranges from $94,300 to $145,510. The highest paying area for computer hardware engineers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $145,510. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $142,940). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $94,300.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$145,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$142,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$136,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$125,490
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$123,120
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$123,110
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$121,210
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$120,760
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$115,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$114,730
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$113,810
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$111,770
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$108,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$105,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$102,720
Bakersfield-Delano
$94,300




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