Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
76,360 4.2 % $53.20 $110,650 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.77 $40.67 $52.13 $65.31 $77.22
Annual Wage (2) $66,070 $84,600 $108,430 $135,840 $160,610


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 17,170 0.97 $53.62 $111,530
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 12,340 7.82 $54.36 $113,070
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 11,940 3.21 $53.53 $111,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,710 0.90 $54.86 $114,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,430 0.22 $51.12 $106,330

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 12,340 7.82 $54.36 $113,070
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 11,940 3.21 $53.53 $111,350
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,050 1.13 $57.92 $120,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,980 1.03 $50.46 $104,960
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 17,170 0.97 $53.62 $111,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 1,000 0.48 $70.08 $145,760
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 80 0.06 $62.06 $129,080
Software Publishers 1,240 0.41 $61.18 $127,260
Other Financial Investment Activities 130 0.03 $58.16 $120,970
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,050 1.13 $57.92 $120,460


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 26,030 1.72 3.05 $59.26 $123,270
Texas 7,440 0.66 1.17 $49.55 $103,060
Maryland 4,390 1.72 3.04 $56.60 $117,730
Colorado 3,710 1.57 2.77 $51.36 $106,840
Massachusetts 3,600 1.08 1.92 $55.59 $115,620




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 4,390 1.72 3.04 $56.60 $117,730
California 26,030 1.72 3.05 $59.26 $123,270
District of Columbia 1,100 1.63 2.88 $54.78 $113,940
Colorado 3,710 1.57 2.77 $51.36 $106,840
Massachusetts 3,600 1.08 1.92 $55.59 $115,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 26,030 1.72 3.05 $59.26 $123,270
Maryland 4,390 1.72 3.04 $56.60 $117,730
Virginia 1,210 0.33 0.59 $55.89 $116,240
Massachusetts 3,600 1.08 1.92 $55.59 $115,620
District of Columbia 1,100 1.63 2.88 $54.78 $113,940





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 11,620 11.94 21.13 $65.49 $136,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,820 2.89 5.12 $47.62 $99,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,110 1.39 2.46 $48.71 $101,310
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,630 2.42 4.28 $62.73 $130,470
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 2,610 2.95 5.22 $51.07 $106,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,550 1.07 1.89 $56.34 $117,180
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,510 1.69 3.00 $57.83 $120,280
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,260 1.75 3.09 $59.14 $123,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.51 0.90 $52.42 $109,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,990 1.11 1.96 $55.61 $115,660




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 11,620 11.94 21.13 $65.49 $136,220
Corvallis, OR 390 11.58 20.48 $53.35 $110,970
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,050 6.47 11.45 $55.16 $114,740
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 880 6.34 11.22 $57.88 $120,390
Huntsville, AL 1,040 5.01 8.86 $52.89 $110,000
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 380 3.17 5.61 $59.75 $124,290
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 2,610 2.95 5.22 $51.07 $106,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,820 2.89 5.12 $47.62 $99,050
Colorado Springs, CO 720 2.83 5.01 $53.58 $111,450
Boulder, CO 420 2.49 4.41 $56.44 $117,400




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 11,620 11.94 21.13 $65.49 $136,220
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,630 2.42 4.28 $62.73 $130,470
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.23 0.40 $60.36 $125,540
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 380 3.17 5.61 $59.75 $124,290
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,260 1.75 3.09 $59.14 $123,020
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 880 6.34 11.22 $57.88 $120,390
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,510 1.69 3.00 $57.83 $120,280
Boulder, CO 420 2.49 4.41 $56.44 $117,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,550 1.07 1.89 $56.34 $117,180
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 790 0.92 1.62 $55.99 $116,460

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 260 5.95 10.53 $54.32 $112,990
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 2.33 4.13 $49.67 $103,300
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.63 $47.86 $99,540

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 260 5.95 10.53 $54.32 $112,990
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 2.33 4.13 $49.67 $103,300
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.63 $47.86 $99,540

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 260 5.95 10.53 $54.32 $112,990
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 2.33 4.13 $49.67 $103,300
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.63 $47.86 $99,540


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015