Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
72,950 4.9 % $57.07 $118,700 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.15 $42.45 $55.33 $70.24 $82.70
Annual Wage (2) $66,870 $88,290 $115,080 $146,110 $172,010


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 18,880 0.96 $58.02 $120,690
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 10,590 6.29 $57.70 $120,010
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 9,220 2.49 $64.17 $133,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,480 0.96 $61.30 $127,510
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,590 0.23 $52.30 $108,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 970 6.41 $63.91 $132,930
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 10,590 6.29 $57.70 $120,010
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 9,220 2.49 $64.17 $133,480
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,290 1.48 $55.09 $114,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,480 0.96 $61.30 $127,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) (5) (5)
Electronics and Appliance Stores (8) (8) $69.41 $144,360
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 9,220 2.49 $64.17 $133,480
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 970 6.41 $63.91 $132,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,130 0.08 $63.20 $131,450


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 25,790 1.62 3.11 $65.69 $136,630
Colorado 3,700 1.48 2.84 $55.65 $115,750
Maryland 3,690 1.40 2.69 $56.92 $118,390
Texas 3,590 0.31 0.59 $53.89 $112,090
Massachusetts 2,960 0.85 1.64 $53.71 $111,720




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)
California 25,790 1.62 3.11 $65.69 $136,630
Colorado 3,700 1.48 2.84 $55.65 $115,750
Maryland 3,690 1.40 2.69 $56.92 $118,390
Utah 1,330 0.97 1.86 $50.40 $104,830
Massachusetts 2,960 0.85 1.64 $53.71 $111,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 25,790 1.62 3.11 $65.69 $136,630
New Hampshire 270 0.42 0.82 $63.74 $132,580
Alaska 70 0.22 0.42 $61.12 $127,130
Virginia 1,380 0.37 0.71 $58.33 $121,330
Maryland 3,690 1.40 2.69 $56.92 $118,390





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 12,260 11.73 22.57 $68.82 $143,140
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,820 2.64 5.08 $68.85 $143,210
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,800 2.02 3.89 $59.04 $122,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.87 1.67 $59.62 $124,010
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,080 1.33 2.56 $63.42 $131,920
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,960 1.08 2.09 $53.65 $111,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.80 1.53 $52.67 $109,550
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,500 1.65 3.17 $59.77 $124,330
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.36 2.61 $61.66 $128,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,430 1.06 2.04 $56.83 $118,210




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 12,260 11.73 22.57 $68.82 $143,140
Corvallis, OR 220 6.80 13.08 $52.63 $109,470
California-Lexington Park, MD 250 5.74 11.04 $55.81 $116,080
Huntsville, AL 1,240 5.70 10.97 $54.39 $113,130
Fort Collins, CO 730 4.90 9.44 $58.42 $121,510
Boulder, CO 670 3.78 7.27 $55.81 $116,080
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 610 3.06 5.89 $41.35 $86,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,820 2.64 5.08 $68.85 $143,210
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 450 2.60 5.01 $45.54 $94,720
Colorado Springs, CO 640 2.36 4.54 $58.83 $122,360




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 Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,820 2.64 5.08 $68.85 $143,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 12,260 11.73 22.57 $68.82 $143,140
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 330 2.19 4.22 $68.39 $142,250
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,080 1.33 2.56 $63.42 $131,920
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.36 2.61 $61.66 $128,250
Austin-Round Rock, TX 530 0.55 1.05 $61.57 $128,060
Anchorage, AK 70 0.37 0.71 $61.51 $127,940
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,500 1.65 3.17 $59.77 $124,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.87 1.67 $59.62 $124,010
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,800 2.02 3.89 $59.04 $122,810

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 0.71 1.36 $46.89 $97,530
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.41 (8) (8)

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 0.71 1.36 $46.89 $97,530
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.41 (8) (8)

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 0.71 1.36 $46.89 $97,530


About May 2016 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017