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Hardware Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Hardware Engineer designs and develops computer hardware such as circuit boards, chips, modems, and keyboards. Works with computer software engineers and developers to improve technology.

Job Outlook

There were 166 Hardware Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 9693 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Hardware Engineer industry, which includes the Hardware Engineer (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Hardware Engineer (General) 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 $113,586.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $103,950.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Hardware Engineer (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $93,552.

Education and Experience

Posted Hardware Engineer (General) 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 Degree3.06%
Bachelor's Degree64.14%
Master's Degree32.99%
Doctoral Degree10.96%
Other4.36%

Posted Hardware Engineer (General) 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 years16.07%
3 to 5 years41.69%
6 to 8 years19.07%
9+ years23.17%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Hardware Engineer (General) 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 (35.51%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (16.89%)
  • Problem Solving (16.84%)
  • Management (13.71%)
  • Leadership (13.05%)
  • Operations (10.39%)
  • Planning (10.18%)
  • Research (9.97%)
  • Innovation (9.43%)
  • Writing (9.38%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Design Verification (17.76%)
  • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) (31.52%)
  • Electrical Engineering (40.34%)
  • Formal Verification (6.17%)
  • Hardware Architecture (34.9%)
  • Computer Engineering (35.88%)
  • Debugging (35.23%)
  • PCI Express (10%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (27.86%)
  • Simulations (26.82%)
  • SystemVerilog (Direct Programming Interface) (22.46%)
  • VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) (17.75%)
  • Verilog (19.71%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Digital Design (8.42%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (4.78%)
  • Artificial Intelligence (3.37%)
  • C (Programming Language) (15.29%)
  • Perl (Programming Language) (14.89%)
  • Algorithms (7.95%)
  • Oscilloscope (11.45%)
  • Automation (13.04%)
  • Printed Circuit Board (14.15%)
  • Systems Engineering (10.91%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (17.26%)
  • Computer Science (19.15%)
  • Digital Signal Processing (8.44%)
  • Embedded Systems (11.21%)
  • Electronic Engineering (3.73%)
  • Digital Electronics (7.77%)
  • Electronics (10.42%)
  • Linux (10.62%)
  • Hardware Design (14.73%)
  • Project Management (9.56%)
  • Firmware (13.22%)
  • MATLAB (9.66%)
  • Test Planning (19.5%)
  • Software Engineering (8.69%)
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuits (13.78%)
  • Systems Design (8.03%)
  • New Product Development (14.46%)
  • Tcl (Programming Language) (8.68%)
  • Scripting (21.21%)
  • Schematic Capture (9.06%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Computer Architecture (4.99%)
  • Digital Logic (3.5%)
  • Logic Synthesis (4.22%)
  • Hardware Description Language (HDL) (7.49%)
  • Microarchitecture (4.15%)
  • Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) (1.18%)
  • Oracle Virtual Machine (5.11%)
  • Register-Transfer Level (6.13%)
  • Static Timing Analysis (3.78%)
  • Signal Integrity (6.21%)
  • Vivado (6.46%)
  • Cadence Virtuoso (1.16%)
  • ModelSim (3.33%)

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.

  • Design Verification (24.44%)
  • Computer Architecture (6.87%)
  • Electrical Engineering (55.53%)
  • Computer Engineering (49.39%)
  • Microarchitecture (5.71%)
  • Logic Synthesis (5.81%)
  • Formal Verification (8.49%)
  • Hardware Description Language (HDL) (10.31%)
  • Oracle Virtual Machine (7.03%)
  • Register-Transfer Level (8.44%)
  • Signal Integrity (8.55%)
  • Static Timing Analysis (5.21%)
  • SystemVerilog (Direct Programming Interface) (30.92%)
  • Cadence Virtuoso (1.59%)
  • Vivado (8.89%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Hardware Engineer
  • FPGA Engineer
  • Design Verification Engineer
  • Hardware Systems Engineer
  • FPGA Verification Engineer
  • Verification Engineer
  • Lead Hardware Engineer
  • Digital Hardware Engineer
  • Layout Engineer
  • Formal Verification Engineer

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 Engineer (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (423)
  • Intel (408)
  • Apple (349)
  • AMD (184)
  • Northrop Grumman (174)
  • Ford (128)
  • Randstad (123)
  • Lockheed Martin (114)
  • Nvidia (105)
  • Meta (104)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (10)
  • Lenovo (9)
  • Northrop Grumman (8)
  • Randstad (6)
  • Reperio Human Capital (5)
  • Apple (5)
  • Cisco (5)
  • First Citizens Bank (4)
  • Microsoft (4)
  • Ford (3)

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!