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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
60,750 3.0 % $56.66 $117,840 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.07 $41.71 $55.10 $70.20 $83.00
Annual Wage (2) $66,700 $86,760 $114,600 $146,020 $172,630


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 16,090 0.77 $55.00 $114,400
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 6,320 4.03 $60.20 $125,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,190 0.92 $62.89 $130,800
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 5,780 1.58 $58.92 $122,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,710 0.23 $54.09 $112,500

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 6,320 4.03 $60.20 $125,210
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 5,780 1.58 $58.92 $122,550
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,100 1.33 $55.38 $115,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,190 0.92 $62.89 $130,800
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 16,090 0.77 $55.00 $114,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 1,570 0.40 $63.53 $132,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,190 0.92 $62.89 $130,800
Other Information Services (8) (8) $62.68 $130,370
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 6,320 4.03 $60.20 $125,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,440 0.10 $59.30 $123,340


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 20,720 1.22 2.90 $63.25 $131,570
Colorado 3,880 1.48 3.53 $56.31 $117,120
Maryland 3,790 1.41 3.37 $60.23 $125,290
Texas 2,170 0.18 0.43 $56.12 $116,720
Florida 2,090 0.24 0.58 $47.03 $97,830




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)
Rhode Island 790 1.65 3.93 $50.19 $104,400
Colorado 3,880 1.48 3.53 $56.31 $117,120
Maryland 3,790 1.41 3.37 $60.23 $125,290
California 20,720 1.22 2.90 $63.25 $131,570
Oregon 1,270 0.67 1.61 $53.38 $111,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 20,720 1.22 2.90 $63.25 $131,570
District of Columbia 380 0.53 1.26 $60.95 $126,770
Maryland 3,790 1.41 3.37 $60.23 $125,290
Washington 1,540 0.47 1.12 $59.46 $123,680
Massachusetts 1,650 0.46 1.10 $59.45 $123,650





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 8,450 7.55 17.99 $69.34 $144,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,720 0.61 1.45 $57.75 $120,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,610 1.49 3.55 $57.62 $119,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,670 0.85 2.03 $60.72 $126,310
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,350 1.61 3.83 $64.59 $134,350
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,780 1.30 3.10 $59.83 $124,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,660 0.60 1.43 $59.66 $124,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,650 1.12 2.66 $51.28 $106,660
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,380 1.40 3.33 $60.62 $126,090
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,370 1.15 2.75 $51.58 $107,290




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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 470 10.11 24.10 $61.67 $128,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,450 7.55 17.99 $69.34 $144,230
Boulder, CO 1,040 5.70 13.58 $61.07 $127,020
Huntsville, AL 920 4.06 9.67 $52.81 $109,840
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 120 3.68 8.76 $55.86 $116,190
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 590 2.74 6.53 $45.73 $95,120
Fort Collins, CO 430 2.65 6.32 $65.77 $136,810
Colorado Springs, CO 710 2.53 6.03 $55.52 $115,480
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,350 1.61 3.83 $64.59 $134,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,610 1.49 3.55 $57.62 $119,840




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 8,450 7.55 17.99 $69.34 $144,230
Fort Collins, CO 430 2.65 6.32 $65.77 $136,810
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,350 1.61 3.83 $64.59 $134,350
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,250 0.63 1.50 $64.35 $133,850
Austin-Round Rock, TX 400 0.39 0.92 $64.33 $133,800
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 100 1.03 2.46 $63.32 $131,700
California-Lexington Park, MD 470 10.11 24.10 $61.67 $128,270
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $61.45 $127,810
Boulder, CO 1,040 5.70 13.58 $61.07 $127,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,670 0.85 2.03 $60.72 $126,310

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 1.54 $50.81 $105,690

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 1.54 $50.81 $105,690

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 West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 1.54 $50.81 $105,690


About May 2018 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 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019