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Salary, Wages, Pay: Computer Hardware Engineers




Median annual earnings of computer hardware engineers were $72,150 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $56,490 and $91,730. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $114,880. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer hardware engineers in 2002 were:

Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing $76,600
Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing 75,300
Computer systems designs and related services 74,320

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting salary offers in 2003 for bachelorís degree candidates in computer engineering averaged $51,343 a year; masterís degree candidates averaged $64,200.