Computer Engineering Career

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Computer hardware engineers usually work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models. Most work in high-tech manufacturing firms. Some work in computer systems design firms, research and development firms, or for the federal government. More than 95 percent of computer hardware engineers work in metropolitan areas.

Computer systems design and related services 22%
Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing 16%
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing 15%
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences 6%
Government 5%

The median annual wage for computer hardware engineers is $108,430. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $66,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $160,610.

Per Hour Per Year
Top End Computer Hardware Engineer Earnings $80.34 $167,100
Senior Computer Hardware Engineer Earnings $67.92 $141,280
Experienced Computer Hardware Engineer Earnings $53.72 $111,730
Junior Computer Hardware Engineer Earnings $41.49 $86,300
Starting Computer Hardware Engineer Earnings $31.52 $65,570

Most computer hardware engineers work full time. About 1 in 4 work more than 40 hours per week.