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Hardware Design Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Hardware Design Engineer 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 88 Hardware Design Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4042 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 2015:

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 $124,568.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $124,568.

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 $104,421.

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 Degree0.82%
Bachelor's Degree78.06%
Master's Degree45.89%
Doctoral Degree16.48%
Other1.21%

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 years9.9%
3 to 5 years38.88%
6 to 8 years24.49%
9+ years26.74%

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 (33.2%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (17.42%)
  • Problem Solving (15.88%)
  • Leadership (14.99%)
  • Innovation (14.03%)
  • Self-Motivation (11.38%)
  • Mathematics (10.27%)
  • Detail Oriented (9.95%)
  • Planning (9.5%)
  • Research (8.98%)

Defining Skills

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

  • C (Programming Language) (20.52%)
  • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) (47.55%)
  • Printed Circuit Board (22.28%)
  • Electrical Engineering (46.79%)
  • Computer Science (19.99%)
  • Computer Engineering (38.87%)
  • Debugging (36.54%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (24.16%)
  • Hardware Design (44.23%)
  • Simulations (41.84%)
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuits (25.09%)
  • SystemVerilog (Direct Programming Interface) (22.1%)
  • VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) (27.13%)
  • ModelSim (8.05%)
  • Verilog (26.23%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Digital Design (18.48%)
  • Design Verification (16.39%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (9%)
  • Artificial Intelligence (3.97%)
  • Technical Support (3.27%)
  • Perl (Programming Language) (13.33%)
  • Oscilloscope (13.33%)
  • Algorithms (12.25%)
  • Software Development (6.59%)
  • Automation (7.37%)
  • Architectural Design (8.98%)
  • Systems Engineering (7.92%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (20.07%)
  • Circuit Design (8.07%)
  • Digital Signal Processing (18.56%)
  • Embedded Systems (11.62%)
  • Engineering Design Process (6.21%)
  • Digital Electronics (10.46%)
  • Hardware Architecture (8.6%)
  • Hardware Description Language (HDL) (12.75%)
  • Version Control (9%)
  • Electronic Hardware (3.77%)
  • Electronics (15.79%)
  • PCI Express (17.27%)
  • Electronic Design Automation (4.17%)
  • Linux (10.56%)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (5.88%)
  • Project Management (6.99%)
  • Embedded Software (5.83%)
  • Simulink (7.87%)
  • Firmware (15.11%)
  • Printed Circuit Board Design (8.35%)
  • MATLAB (15.09%)
  • Test Planning (17.12%)
  • Logic Analyzer (10.28%)
  • Static Timing Analysis (8.73%)
  • Software Engineering (9.81%)
  • Signal Integrity (12.14%)
  • Prototyping (7.97%)
  • New Product Development (12.72%)
  • Systems Architecture (4.95%)
  • Tcl (Programming Language) (9.76%)
  • Signal Processing (9.38%)
  • Scripting (18.51%)
  • Physics (8.98%)
  • Serial Peripheral Interface (9.23%)
  • Radio Frequency (9.28%)
  • Schematic Capture (13.43%)
  • Apache Subversion (4.02%)
  • Test Equipment (8.95%)
  • Export Control (9.48%)
  • Microcontrollers (5.78%)
  • Sensors (7.74%)
  • I2C (9.05%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Low Power Design (2.54%)
  • Altera Quartus (3.29%)
  • Hardware Verification Language (4.45%)
  • Oracle Virtual Machine (3.44%)
  • Vivado (12.97%)
  • Gate Arrays (4.22%)

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.

  • Low Power Design (10.74%)
  • Oracle Virtual Machine (14.57%)
  • SystemVerilog (Direct Programming Interface) (93.51%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • FPGA Design Engineer
  • Hardware Development Engineer
  • Digital Design Engineer
  • ASIC and FPGA Design Engineer
  • Electrical Hardware Design Engineer
  • ASIC Engineer
  • FPGA Verification Engineer
  • CPU Architect
  • Hardware Developer

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

  • Actalent (178)
  • Blue Origin (178)
  • Meta (158)
  • Raytheon Technologies (149)
  • Boeing (148)
  • Amazon (143)
  • Apple (105)
  • Northrop Grumman (99)
  • Lockheed Martin (96)
  • L3Harris Technologies (86)

North Carolina

  • Cisco (9)
  • Randstad (8)
  • GE Aerospace (4)
  • Actalent (3)
  • Google (3)
  • Lenovo (3)
  • Apidel Technologies (3)
  • Xylem (3)
  • Inobics (2)
  • GE Vernova (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!