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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Computer Hardware Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,290
25th Percentile Wage
$87,910
50th Percentile Wage
$115,120
75th Percentile Wage
$147,020
90th Percentile Wage
$176,900

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 $176,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $115,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,290. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 166% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$115,120
0.03% 12.33%
2016
$115,080
2.91% -
2015
$111,730
2.95% -
2014
$108,430
3.86% -
2013
$104,250
3.19% -
2012
$100,920
- -

Table 2. Computer Hardware Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of computer hardware engineers in 16 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 $64,900).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Retail Trade
$142,220
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$131,000
Manufacturing
$119,620
Information
$117,350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$116,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$114,750
Federal, State, and Local Government
$111,550
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$110,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$110,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$104,730
Wholesale Trade
$103,420
Finance and Insurance
$101,850
Transportation and Warehousing
$97,470
Utilities
$95,930
Construction
$73,900
Educational Services
$64,900

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 $62,720 to $133,960. The highest paying state for computer hardware engineers is California with a median annual salary of $133,960. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $62,720. 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
$133,960
Virginia
$125,080
Maryland
$123,230
District of Columbia
$122,330
New Hampshire
$117,700
Washington
$117,530
Colorado
$116,900
Massachusetts
$114,280
New York
$114,030
Texas
$111,570
Vermont
$111,050
Alabama
$110,550
Arizona
$109,810
Alaska
$107,120
New Jersey
$106,390
Minnesota
$104,240
North Carolina
$103,570
Iowa
$101,830
Oklahoma
$101,830
Utah
$100,000
West Virginia
$99,720
Ohio
$99,170
Missouri
$99,070
Connecticut
$96,780
Pennsylvania
$96,620
New Mexico
$96,150
Rhode Island
$95,440
Kansas
$94,680
Illinois
$94,500
Florida
$93,810
Montana
$93,410
Nevada
$91,760
Idaho
$91,170
Georgia
$90,340
North Dakota
$88,920
Michigan
$88,530
South Carolina
$87,510
Tennessee
$84,730
Wisconsin
$83,150
Louisiana
$81,020
Nebraska
$79,770
Indiana
$78,340
Kentucky
$77,010
Mississippi
$76,970
Arkansas
$76,730
South Dakota
$75,130
Hawaii
$65,830
Puerto Rico
$62,720



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