Computer hardware engineers

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Total Workforce

49.2k

Average Age

41.8

Estimated Job Growth

5.43%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$102,395

Average Male Salary

$103,876

Average Female Salary

$91,964

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer hardware engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer hardware engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer hardware engineers, by average wage, is Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing. Computer hardware engineers are paid most in Austin City (Northwest) PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Austin City (North) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$102,395

AVERAGE SALARY

± $7,072

In 2017, Computer hardware engineers earned an average of $102,395, $50,330 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Electrical & electronics engineers make somewhat more than Computer hardware engineers while Computer network architects make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer hardware engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.297

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Computer hardware engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.297, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer hardware engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Computer hardware engineers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Computer hardware engineers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer hardware engineers, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing, and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. .

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer hardware engineers, by average wage, are Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing, Electronics stores, and Electronic shopping.

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Industries by Share

49.2k

2017 Workforce

± 5,446

-9.76%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 16.9%

The number of people employed as Computer hardware engineers has been declining at a rate of -9.76%, from 54,535 people in 2016 to 49,214 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Computer hardware engineers employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer hardware engineers at  30%, followed by Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing with 9.89% and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c.  with 8.41%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer hardware engineers in the US. The average age of male Computer hardware engineers in the workforce is 41.6 and of female Computer hardware engineers is 42.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer hardware engineers is White.

Gender Composition

43.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,096

6.12k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,921

87.6% of Computer hardware engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Computer hardware engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer hardware engineers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

63% of Computer hardware engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 27.4% of Computer hardware engineers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer hardware engineers.

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Age by Gender

41.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.39

42.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.72

The median age of Computer hardware engineers is 41.8, and Male employees are generally 1.34 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer hardware engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer hardware engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Computer hardware engineers hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Computer hardware engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer hardware engineers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Computer hardware engineers need more than the average amount of Programming, Installation, and Operations Analysis.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Computer hardware engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Computer hardware engineers are expected to see a growth of 5.43% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

5.43%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Computer hardware engineers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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