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Considering a career as a Computer Hardware Engineer in California?

10.1% Jobs Projection
$129,070 Median Salary
1,930 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Computer Hardware Engineers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Computer Hardware Engineers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Computer Hardware Engineers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Computer Hardware Engineers Work in California?

In California, there were 20,720 people working as Computer Hardware Engineers in the year 2018.

There were 22,120 Computer Hardware Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 1,400 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 705 Computer Hardware Engineers working in it, which means California has more Computer Hardware Engineers than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Computer Hardware Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 10.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 5.4%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,930 annual job openings, and 28,300 total jobs in 2026 for Computer Hardware Engineers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 5,100 annual jobs and 77,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Computer Hardware Engineers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Computer Hardware Engineers ranged from $71,330 to $195,750 with $129,070 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $34.29 to $94.11. The median hourly rate was $62.06.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $64.4 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $2.34.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Computer Hardware Engineers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Computer Hardware Engineers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,450 $145,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,720 $110,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,610 $112,150
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,350 $126,540
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 1,380 $125,520
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 380 $107,950
Bakersfield, CA 140 $94,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 $110,070
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 100 $117,940
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 $82,450

Top States for Computer Hardware Engineers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Computer Hardware Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 20,720 $129,070
Colorado 3,880 $116,010
Maryland 3,790 $125,730
Texas 2,170 $116,290
Florida 2,090 $96,640
Massachusetts 1,650 $120,860
Arizona 1,540 $110,070
Washington 1,540 $120,540
North Carolina 1,430 $108,440
Minnesota 1,360 $104,760
Virginia 1,340 $120,770
Michigan 1,270 $0
Oregon 1,270 $111,460
New York 1,230 $113,700
Georgia 1,180 $101,510
Alabama 1,160 $111,780
Ohio 980 $101,530
Illinois 970 $104,730
New Jersey 960 $111,090
Pennsylvania 870 $108,570

Below are the states where Computer Hardware Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $129,070
District of Columbia $126,280
Maryland $125,730
Massachusetts $120,860
Virginia $120,770
Washington $120,540
Texas $116,290
Colorado $116,010
New Hampshire $114,720
New York $113,700

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