Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
77,670 4.3 % $51.41 $106,930 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.07 $39.18 $50.12 $62.53 $74.43
Annual Wage (2) $64,620 $81,500 $104,250 $130,060 $154,810


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 17,980 1.06 $51.25 $106,590
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 13,410 3.57 $52.02 $108,190
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 12,240 7.92 $51.99 $108,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.86 $53.28 $110,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,520 0.23 $50.17 $104,350

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 12,240 7.92 $51.99 $108,140
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 13,410 3.57 $52.02 $108,190
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,370 1.32 $56.52 $117,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 4,410 1.12 $48.61 $101,110
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 17,980 1.06 $51.25 $106,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 820 0.43 $68.48 $142,440
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 90 0.07 $58.99 $122,700
Software Publishers 1,230 0.42 $58.96 $122,640
Specialized Design Services 70 0.06 $57.00 $118,550
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,370 1.32 $56.52 $117,570


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 23,760 1.61 2.76 $55.76 $115,970
Texas 8,890 0.81 1.39 $48.63 $101,140
Maryland 4,960 1.96 3.34 $53.09 $110,430
Colorado 3,900 1.70 2.90 $49.79 $103,570
Massachusetts 3,790 1.16 1.98 $55.08 $114,570




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 4,960 1.96 3.34 $53.09 $110,430
District of Columbia 1,160 1.74 2.98 $54.49 $113,340
Colorado 3,900 1.70 2.90 $49.79 $103,570
California 23,760 1.61 2.76 $55.76 $115,970
Massachusetts 3,790 1.16 1.98 $55.08 $114,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 580 0.21 0.37 $57.71 $120,030
Virginia 1,450 0.40 0.68 $56.24 $116,980
California 23,760 1.61 2.76 $55.76 $115,970
Massachusetts 3,790 1.16 1.98 $55.08 $114,570
Washington 1,480 0.52 0.89 $54.79 $113,970





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 9,560 10.28 17.55 $64.62 $134,400
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,780 2.93 5.00 $45.06 $93,730
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 3,750 4.39 7.49 $48.64 $101,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,350 1.56 2.66 $48.93 $101,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,320 1.40 2.39 $55.16 $114,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,270 2.25 3.84 $52.34 $108,860
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,180 1.70 2.90 $55.43 $115,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,010 1.15 1.96 $54.94 $114,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,860 1.04 1.78 $52.64 $109,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.49 2.55 $57.63 $119,870




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 9,560 10.28 17.55 $64.62 $134,400
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,160 7.22 12.33 $54.03 $112,390
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 940 6.84 11.67 $56.25 $117,010
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 3,750 4.39 7.49 $48.64 $101,180
Huntsville, AL 890 4.23 7.23 $49.55 $103,070
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 460 3.96 6.76 $60.11 $125,030
Boulder, CO 570 3.50 5.98 $57.01 $118,570
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,780 2.93 5.00 $45.06 $93,730
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 710 2.56 4.36 $47.24 $98,250
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,270 2.26 3.86 $49.45 $102,850




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 9,560 10.28 17.55 $64.62 $134,400
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 460 3.96 6.76 $60.11 $125,030
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.37 0.63 $58.75 $122,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.49 2.55 $57.63 $119,870
Boulder, CO 570 3.50 5.98 $57.01 $118,570
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 0.39 $56.64 $117,800
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.23 0.39 $56.42 $117,350
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 940 6.84 11.67 $56.25 $117,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.79 1.34 $55.83 $116,120
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,180 1.70 2.90 $55.43 $115,280

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 230 5.36 9.14 $54.25 $112,850
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 2.24 3.82 $48.68 $101,260
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.61 $44.26 $92,050
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.24 (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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 230 5.36 9.14 $54.25 $112,850
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 2.24 3.82 $48.68 $101,260
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.61 $44.26 $92,050
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.24 (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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 230 5.36 9.14 $54.25 $112,850
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 2.24 3.82 $48.68 $101,260
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.61 $44.26 $92,050


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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