Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

17-2061 Computer Hardware Engineers

Research, design, develop, and 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. Exclude "Computer Software Engineers, Applications" (15-1031) and "Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software" (15-1032).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
74,760 4.2 % $40.39 $84,010 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.28 $30.64 $39.02 $49.09 $59.40
Annual Wage (2) $50,490 $63,730 $81,150 $102,100 $123,560

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 14,170 $41.32 $85,940
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 11,630 $47.00 $97,760
Computer systems design and related services 11,330 $39.42 $81,990
Wired telecommunications carriers 3,930 $35.63 $74,120
Federal government (OES designation) 3,730 $38.25 $79,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Specialized design services (7) $53.51 $111,300
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 11,630 $47.00 $97,760
Business support services 170 $46.55 $96,830
Scientific research and development services 2,600 $45.27 $94,170
Office administrative services 70 $44.43 $92,410

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 4,730 $42.51 $88,430 0.151%
California 20,720 $44.81 $93,190 0.143%
Maryland 2,940 $37.28 $77,540 0.120%
Colorado 2,300 $47.25 $98,280 0.109%
New Hampshire 540 $46.78 $97,300 0.088%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Colorado 2,300 $47.25 $98,280 0.109%
New Hampshire 540 $46.78 $97,300 0.088%
California 20,720 $44.81 $93,190 0.143%
Massachusetts 4,730 $42.51 $88,430 0.151%
North Carolina 980 $42.36 $88,100 0.026%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 8,880 $50.02 $104,040 1.046%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 1,760 $38.35 $79,780 0.894%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 970 $48.09 $100,020 0.638%
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 2,600 $40.51 $84,270 0.382%
Ventura, CA PMSA 1,050 $37.16 $77,290 0.356%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 540 $52.41 $109,000 0.343%
Denver, CO PMSA 450 $50.12 $104,240 0.040%
San Jose, CA PMSA 8,880 $50.02 $104,040 1.046%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 970 $48.09 $100,020 0.638%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA (7) $46.97 $97,690 (7)

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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