What does a Hardware Engineer do?

Hardware engineers are responsible for the research, design, development, and testing of computer systems and components, including routers, memory devices, circuit boards, networks, and processors.

Hardware engineers design devices used in manufactured products that incorporate processors and other computer components and that connect to the internet. This could include newer automobiles, home appliances, and medical devices, which have internet ready computer systems built into them. They ensure that computer hardware components work together with the latest and most current software. They design new computer hardware and create schematics of computer equipment to be built and test their design. They analyze the test results, and they modify the design if needed. Most entry level computer hardware engineers have a bachelor's degree in computer engineering however electrical engineering or computer science degrees are generally acceptable; many engineering programs need to be accredited.

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Hardware Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$80,107 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$54K
Median: $80K
$118K
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Hardware Engineer Career Path

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KOKO NetworksKOKO Networks
Senior Hardware Design Engineer
Sep. 18, 2020

“One of the best places to Grow in both Hardware and software Product design and management”

Luna InnovationsLuna Innovations
Principal Hardware Engineer
May 6, 2021

“Development team and manufacturing team work well together and are good to work with.”

AppleApple
Hardware Engineer
Jun. 7, 2021

“Mediocre work and salaries.”

Biamp SystemsBiamp Systems
Director Hardware Engineering
Sep. 7, 2021

“Biamp's product management is new to using use cases to define new products which can make requirements ambiguous to engineering.”

QualcommQualcomm
Senior Hardware Design Engineer
Apr. 20, 2021

“Excellent work opportunities to learn and grow in your career faster”

AppleApple
Hardware Engineer
Jan. 31, 2021

“Bad work and life balance”

VinFast
Hardware Engineer
Sep. 27, 2020

“Good salary and benefit from Vingroup”

L&T Technology ServicesL&T Technology Services
Consulting Hardware Engineer
Jan. 27, 2020

“This hampers career growth of an individual since he/she is not able to get domain expertise as projects keep changing.”

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