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Hardware Design Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs and develops computer hardware and computer-related equipment. Designs and validates hardware. May supervise production of hardware components or provide technical assistance with hardware installation.

Job Outlook

There were 76 Hardware Design Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4302 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Hardware Engineer industry, which includes the Hardware Design Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Hardware Design Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $101,506.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,693.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Hardware Design Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $88,923.

Education and Experience

Posted Hardware Design Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree51%
Master's Degree47%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other0%

Posted Hardware Design Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years16%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years16%
9+ years24%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Hardware Design Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (41%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
  • Problem Solving (26%)
  • Research (25%)
  • Troubleshooting (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Simulation (43%)
  • Hardware Experience (29%)
  • Hardware Design (26%)
  • Computer Engineering (23%)
  • Circuit Design (19%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Python (20%)
  • Prototyping (19%)
  • Oscilloscopes (18%)
  • C++ (17%)
  • Product Development (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Xilinx (6%)
  • Electronic Circuits (5%)
  • Graphics Processing Units (GPU) (5%)
  • SPICE (5%)
  • Allegro (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Computer Vision (5%) – marginal value $2,659

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Hardware Design Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Hardware Engineer
  • Senior Hardware Engineer
  • Digital Design Engineer
  • Salesforce Field Service Functional Lead

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Hardware Design Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Qualcomm (132)
  • Amazon (127)
  • Accenture (121)
  • Microsoft Corporation (103)
  • Intel Corporation (81)

North Carolina

  • Microsoft Corporation (9)
  • Actalent (7)
  • Lenovo (6)
  • Extreme Networks (3)
  • Vadum (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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