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Hardware Engineer Salary

Hardware engineers earn £39,500 a year according to data provided by IT Jobs Watch, and £42,500 according to CW Jobs. More than 90 percent of them earn more than £24,700 and the 10 percent on the high end of the scale earn over £54,750 a year. Payscale provides a salary range between £16,107 and £59,598 without bonuses.

Hardware engineers' salaries vary for different job titles, responsibilities, skill sets, locations across the UK, and years of experience. Computer hardware engineers with 5 to 9 years of experience earn from £18,917 to £25,943 a year, those with 10 to 19 years under their belt earn between £19,725 and £22,997, and engineers with over 20 years of experience make from £19,000 to £30,492 a year according to Payscale, and over £50,000 according to My World of Work. The numbers can vary greatly from role to role.

Starting salary

Starting salaries for hardware engineers employed in entry level jobs range from £21,000 to £28,000 a year according to data provided by My World of Work, and around £18,000 a year according to Input Youth. The salary will depend on a number of factors, from the employment firm and nature of the job to academic qualifications and skill sets.

Hardware engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience generally make between £20,347 and £29,532, according to Payscale.

Hourly rate

The average hourly rate for hardware engineers is around £36 according to IT Jobs Watch. 90 percent of hardware engineers are paid more than £11.50 per hour, and 10 percent of them earn £41.75 or more. The average daily rate for contractors is £224, with more than 90 percent earning at least £123 per day, and 10 percent making more than £428.

General salary information

Computer hardware engineers generally have good salaries, especially those with academic degrees who are certified by a professional engineering industry body. Apprentices must be paid at least £95 per week, but the average weekly salary is usually closer to £170 a week. The wage depends on the sector, location, and the stage a hardware engineer has arrived at in the apprenticeship.

When they get their qualifications, hardware engineers register with the Engineering Council as incorporated engineers (IEng) or chartered engineers (CEng), depending on their academic degree. Engineering companies and employers typically expect a degree in electronics or computer engineering, as well as some vocational skills and work experience in their given field. Obtaining a professional certification provides computer hardware engineers with more opportunities for career advancement and access to better paying jobs. The status of chartered engineer in particular opens doors to big engineering companies and consulting firms.

Hardware engineers' income can significantly differ from one industry sector to the next. Top paying sectors are specialized design services, aerospace product and parts manufacturing, software publishing, electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers, and communications equipment manufacturing. Salaries in sectors with the highest concentration of hardware engineering jobs – computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing, semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing, manufacturing of navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments, and scientific research and development services – come with slightly lower salaries.