Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-2061 Computer Hardware Engineers

Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components. Excludes "Software Developers, Applications" (15-1132) and "Software Developers, Systems Software (15-1133).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
79,580 3.9 % $49.99 $103,980 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.75 $38.27 $48.52 $60.45 $72.18
Annual Wage (2) $63,970 $79,600 $100,920 $125,730 $150,130


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 16,580 1.04 $50.06 $104,120
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 14,060 3.64 $50.67 $105,380
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 10,270 6.55 $53.08 $110,400
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,860 1.57 $47.74 $99,290
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 5,700 1.41 $47.97 $99,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 10,270 6.55 $53.08 $110,400
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 14,060 3.64 $50.67 $105,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,860 1.57 $47.74 $99,290
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 5,700 1.41 $47.97 $99,780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 16,580 1.04 $50.06 $104,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 880 0.31 $55.73 $115,920
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,100 0.35 $54.13 $112,590
Specialized Design Services 70 0.06 $53.67 $111,630
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 10,270 6.55 $53.08 $110,400
Other Information Services 250 0.15 $52.78 $109,780


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 22,360 1.56 2.56 $55.08 $114,560
Texas 9,040 0.85 1.40 $47.22 $98,210
Maryland 4,650 1.85 3.03 $50.60 $105,250
Massachusetts 3,680 1.15 1.88 $53.43 $111,140
Colorado 3,100 1.39 2.28 $51.74 $107,620




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,630 2.49 4.08 $52.05 $108,260
Maryland 4,650 1.85 3.03 $50.60 $105,250
California 22,360 1.56 2.56 $55.08 $114,560
Colorado 3,100 1.39 2.28 $51.74 $107,620
Utah 1,450 1.21 1.98 $38.33 $79,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 1,120 0.28 0.47 $55.95 $116,380
California 22,360 1.56 2.56 $55.08 $114,560
Massachusetts 3,680 1.15 1.88 $53.43 $111,140
District of Columbia 1,630 2.49 4.08 $52.05 $108,260
North Carolina 1,530 0.39 0.64 $51.89 $107,940





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,840 9.84 16.11 $62.08 $129,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,110 1.76 2.87 $52.40 $108,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,750 1.79 2.93 $47.95 $99,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,640 2.89 4.73 $44.09 $91,700
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,990 2.12 3.47 $52.61 $109,430
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 2,860 3.52 5.77 $47.67 $99,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,480 1.43 2.35 $45.12 $93,840
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,930 1.13 1.85 $53.58 $111,450
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,680 1.33 2.18 $51.41 $106,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.41 0.67 $44.13 $91,790




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,840 9.84 16.11 $62.08 $129,120
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 1,040 7.87 12.89 $54.58 $113,520
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,150 7.34 12.01 $52.11 $108,380
Huntsville, AL 1,100 5.41 8.86 $48.84 $101,590
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 440 3.76 6.16 $58.53 $121,730
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 2,860 3.52 5.77 $47.67 $99,150
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 810 3.35 5.49 $53.23 $110,720
Boulder, CO 520 3.25 5.33 $57.27 $119,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,640 2.89 4.73 $44.09 $91,700
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,440 2.58 4.22 $48.59 $101,070




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,840 9.84 16.11 $62.08 $129,120
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 440 3.76 6.16 $58.53 $121,730
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.35 0.57 $58.21 $121,070
Boulder, CO 520 3.25 5.33 $57.27 $119,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $56.88 $118,320
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.12 1.84 $56.65 $117,820
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 240 0.25 0.40 $55.69 $115,820
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 710 0.67 1.09 $55.52 $115,480
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 330 0.27 0.45 $55.07 $114,540
Corvallis, OR 40 1.13 1.86 $54.63 $113,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 200 4.63 7.58 $51.85 $107,860
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.67 4.37 $46.58 $96,900
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 0.29 (8) (8)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 0.51 $53.30 $110,860
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.55 $45.45 $94,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 200 4.63 7.58 $51.85 $107,860
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.67 4.37 $46.58 $96,900
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 0.94 $54.80 $113,990
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.55 $45.45 $94,540
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 0.51 $53.30 $110,860

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 0.94 $54.80 $113,990
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 0.51 $53.30 $110,860
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 200 4.63 7.58 $51.85 $107,860
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.67 4.37 $46.58 $96,900
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.55 $45.45 $94,540


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013