Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
66,770 4.6 % $57.52 $119,650 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.87 $42.26 $55.35 $70.68 $85.05
Annual Wage (2) $66,290 $87,910 $115,120 $147,020 $176,900


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 17,050 0.85 $57.18 $118,940
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 8,190 2.27 $66.46 $138,230
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 7,460 4.63 $58.56 $121,800
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,340 0.98 $62.72 $130,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,730 0.23 $53.11 $110,470

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 7,460 4.63 $58.56 $121,800
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 8,190 2.27 $66.46 $138,230
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,350 1.58 $54.78 $113,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,340 0.98 $62.72 $130,450
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 17,050 0.85 $57.18 $118,940

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) $132.92 $276,470
Electronics and Appliance Stores (8) (8) $70.90 $147,470
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 8,190 2.27 $66.46 $138,230
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,340 0.98 $62.72 $130,450
Other Information Services 260 0.09 $61.91 $128,780


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 22,120 1.32 2.83 $65.41 $136,040
Maryland 3,980 1.49 3.19 $59.25 $123,230
Colorado 3,630 1.42 3.03 $56.46 $117,450
Massachusetts 2,560 0.73 1.55 $56.72 $117,980
Florida 2,120 0.25 0.54 $44.72 $93,020




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)
Maryland 3,980 1.49 3.19 $59.25 $123,230
Colorado 3,630 1.42 3.03 $56.46 $117,450
California 22,120 1.32 2.83 $65.41 $136,040
Massachusetts 2,560 0.73 1.55 $56.72 $117,980
Alabama 1,320 0.69 1.47 $51.97 $108,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 22,120 1.32 2.83 $65.41 $136,040
Virginia 1,270 0.33 0.71 $60.72 $126,300
Maryland 3,980 1.49 3.19 $59.25 $123,230
District of Columbia 440 0.62 1.32 $58.86 $122,440
Washington 1,460 0.46 0.98 $57.12 $118,810



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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 9,790 8.99 19.19 $70.13 $145,870
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,440 1.70 3.63 $62.24 $129,450
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,200 1.97 4.21 $70.86 $147,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.77 1.65 $62.67 $130,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.42 0.89 $64.28 $133,700
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,710 1.26 2.68 $60.37 $125,580
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.03 2.19 $53.35 $110,960
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,500 1.32 2.82 $60.35 $125,530
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,450 0.79 1.68 $54.66 $113,690
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,390 1.44 3.08 $59.42 $123,590


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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 450 9.81 20.94 $60.82 $126,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,790 8.99 19.19 $70.13 $145,870
Boulder, CO 940 5.26 11.23 $60.19 $125,190
Huntsville, AL 1,130 5.11 10.90 $52.87 $109,970
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 660 3.81 8.13 $56.34 $117,190
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 110 3.43 7.32 $53.60 $111,480
Fort Collins, CO 450 2.92 6.23 $62.06 $129,090
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 580 2.80 5.97 $43.43 $90,330
Colorado Springs, CO 670 2.42 5.17 $55.66 $115,760
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,200 1.97 4.21 $70.86 $147,380


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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 2,200 1.97 4.21 $70.86 $147,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,790 8.99 19.19 $70.13 $145,870
Anchorage, AK 70 0.38 0.81 $68.15 $141,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.42 0.89 $64.28 $133,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.67 1.44 $62.71 $130,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.77 1.65 $62.67 $130,340
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,440 1.70 3.63 $62.24 $129,450
Fort Collins, CO 450 2.92 6.23 $62.06 $129,090
California-Lexington Park, MD 450 9.81 20.94 $60.82 $126,510
Austin-Round Rock, TX 500 0.50 1.06 $60.47 $125,770


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018