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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of computer hardware engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of computer hardware engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The computer hardware engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Computer Hardware Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,870
25th Percentile Wage
$88,290
50th Percentile Wage
$115,080
75th Percentile Wage
$146,110
90th Percentile Wage
$172,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer hardware engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer hardware engineers is $172,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $115,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,870. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 157% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer hardware engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016115,0802.91%12.30%
2015111,7302.95%-
2014108,4303.86%-
2013104,2503.19%-
2012100,920--

Table 2. Computer Hardware Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of computer hardware engineers in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for computer hardware engineers occupations is the retail trade sector with an annual salary $142,220. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $64,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Retail Trade
$142,220
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$120,840
Manufacturing
$118,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$116,780
Health Care and Social Assistance
$114,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$112,950
Information
$112,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$109,770
Wholesale Trade
$109,390
Finance and Insurance
$101,390
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$92,320
Construction
$83,460
Educational Services
$64,120

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Computer Hardware Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only computer hardware engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of computer hardware engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $63,950 to $135,560. The highest paying state for computer hardware engineers is California with a median annual salary of $135,560. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $63,950. For more salary information of computer hardware engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$135,560
Virginia
$119,800
Maryland
$118,520
New Hampshire
$117,700
District of Columbia
$116,590
Colorado
$115,520
Texas
$111,750
Alabama
$111,230
Vermont
$111,050
Massachusetts
$109,350
New York
$109,320
Oklahoma
$108,830
Alaska
$107,120
Washington
$106,630
Arizona
$104,680
Minnesota
$103,110
North Carolina
$102,230
New Jersey
$101,760
Connecticut
$101,610
Utah
$100,000
Kentucky
$98,890
Iowa
$96,330
New Mexico
$96,150
Missouri
$95,740
Pennsylvania
$95,620
Rhode Island
$95,560
Idaho
$95,290
Kansas
$94,030
Montana
$93,410
West Virginia
$92,890
Florida
$92,830
Illinois
$92,580
Georgia
$92,370
Ohio
$92,000
South Carolina
$91,020
Tennessee
$89,250
Michigan
$88,530
Louisiana
$87,940
Mississippi
$86,900
Nevada
$81,470
Nebraska
$79,390
Indiana
$77,810
South Dakota
$75,130
Wisconsin
$72,210
Arkansas
$68,860
Hawaii
$65,830
Puerto Rico
$63,950



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