Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
66,960 3.1 % $48.85 $101,600 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.50 $37.29 $47.50 $59.44 $71.10
Annual Wage (2) $61,360 $77,570 $98,810 $123,630 $147,890


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 13,590 0.95 $48.82 $101,550
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 9,730 6.18 $51.48 $107,090
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 8,740 2.38 $48.78 $101,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,800 1.27 $45.39 $94,410
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 4,510 1.12 $47.39 $98,570

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 9,730 6.18 $51.48 $107,090
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 8,740 2.38 $48.78 $101,460
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 290 1.55 $43.77 $91,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,800 1.27 $45.39 $94,410
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 4,510 1.12 $47.39 $98,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 30 0.03 $61.72 $128,380
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,130 0.47 $54.24 $112,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,240 0.33 $53.97 $112,250
Software Publishers 1,100 0.43 $52.62 $109,450
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 800 0.26 $51.91 $107,970


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 17,780 1.27 2.41 $53.47 $111,230
Texas 5,140 0.51 0.97 $45.99 $95,650
Massachusetts 3,540 1.14 2.16 $55.38 $115,190
New York 3,320 0.40 0.76 $55.41 $115,240
Maryland 2,980 1.21 2.30 $48.50 $100,870




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)
New Mexico 1,570 2.02 3.84 $43.71 $90,910
California 17,780 1.27 2.41 $53.47 $111,230
Maryland 2,980 1.21 2.30 $48.50 $100,870
Colorado 2,460 1.14 2.16 $51.05 $106,180
Massachusetts 3,540 1.14 2.16 $55.38 $115,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,320 0.40 0.76 $55.41 $115,240
Massachusetts 3,540 1.14 2.16 $55.38 $115,190
California 17,780 1.27 2.41 $53.47 $111,230
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $52.60 $109,410
Washington 1,540 0.57 1.08 $51.28 $106,660

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 7,990 9.32 17.69 $57.20 $118,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,410 1.49 2.83 $52.08 $108,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,200 1.33 2.52 $56.56 $117,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,760 1.42 2.69 $43.61 $90,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,620 1.71 3.24 $55.75 $115,950
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,570 1.92 3.64 $46.33 $96,360
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,560 2.05 3.90 $48.01 $99,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,540 0.62 1.17 $43.06 $89,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.39 0.74 $54.53 $113,420
Albuquerque, NM 1,450 3.93 7.46 $43.93 $91,370




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 7,990 9.32 17.69 $57.20 $118,970
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 700 5.60 10.62 $51.62 $107,360
Huntsville, AL 1,120 5.52 10.47 $46.76 $97,270
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 520 4.60 8.74 $55.71 $115,880
Boulder, CO 690 4.56 8.65 $57.99 $120,620
Albuquerque, NM 1,450 3.93 7.46 $43.93 $91,370
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 570 3.69 7.00 $53.57 $111,430
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 610 3.21 6.09 $41.33 $85,970
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,560 2.05 3.90 $48.01 $99,870
Colorado Springs, CO 480 2.00 3.79 $47.35 $98,480




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)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.34 0.65 $78.54 $163,370
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.59 1.12 $59.66 $124,090
El Paso, TX (8) (8) (8) $58.47 $121,610
Boulder, CO 690 4.56 8.65 $57.99 $120,620
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 140 0.21 0.39 $57.93 $120,490
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 7,990 9.32 17.69 $57.20 $118,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.84 1.59 $57.15 $118,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,200 1.33 2.52 $56.56 $117,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,620 1.71 3.24 $55.75 $115,950
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 520 4.60 8.74 $55.71 $115,880

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 150 3.71 7.03 $45.71 $95,070
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 2.54 4.82 $45.42 $94,470
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.76 $38.82 $80,750
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.40 $25.08 $52,180

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 150 3.71 7.03 $45.71 $95,070
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 2.54 4.82 $45.42 $94,470
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.76 $38.82 $80,750
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.40 $25.08 $52,180

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 150 3.71 7.03 $45.71 $95,070
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 2.54 4.82 $45.42 $94,470
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $44.98 $93,570
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.76 $38.82 $80,750
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.24 $62,900


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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