Highest paying hardware positions

NASA qKln23
Aug 29 145 Comments

Just curious what the top paying positions in Hardware are.

EDIT: I am also looking for breakdown by specialization. Such as Analog designer versus digital versus mixed signals... or are they all the same?

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  • Qualcomm / Eng
    djiw

    Qualcomm Eng

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    Intel Corporation
    BIO
    ASIC
    djiwmore
    how does NASA pay
    Aug 29 28
    • Microsoft / Eng
      whome1

      Microsoft Eng

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      SpaceX, Tesla Motors
      whome1more
      PkCY73: you say that, but once you know the comp, you'd change your mind. Youll be LUCKY to have a TC of $140k!
      4d
    • NVIDIA xyzqw
      But they only work for 20 hrs per week! Not a bad deal!
      4d
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng
      fukushima

      Northrop Grumman Eng

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      Lockheed Martin
      fukushimamore
      If you want to work defense or govt (space or whatever), I would do contracting instead (Lockheed, Raytheon, Northrop, Boeing, etc.). You can do the same work and get paid more. However if you care about TC, stay in tech or anything else literally.

      3YOE
      Base: 115k
      TC: 140k
      DMV area
      4d
    • Apple
      fruitco334

      Apple

      BIO
      Big dick
      fruitco334more
      That’s good
      4d
    • Snapchat gqkO66
      The NASA core avionics HW engineer gets paid less than 100k 😂
      But yeah it gets amortized to >300k$/yr if you work on core scientific algorithms as a SWE or researcher at NASA since you leave after 2 years and work on Wall St.
      4d
  • Microsoft Vbsm66
    Any HW position at a top tier SW company
    Aug 29 4
    • Flex / Eng 2stone
      Unfortunately true if TC is the main factor
      Aug 29
    • Fitbit one:one
      This, I am in firmware which isn't quite hw but pays worse than pure swe. My experience is sw company wanting to build HW pays better than HW centric companies.
      Aug 29
    • Amazon Vulgar
      HW centric companies seem to respect electrical engineering and computer engineering degrees, especially PhDs. They have little idea what to do with CS people.
      5d
    • Ultimate Software / Eng W-2
      Boeing is a pretty good example of that, I have a buddy who switched from an SE to an EE for a nice pay bump after 1 YoE.
      4d
  • KLA-Tencor hGFE21
    is google hw eng having lower ball than google swe? by how much?
    Aug 29 11
    • SAP dwEC83
      harder balls for sure
      5d
    • You can't compare hwe vs swe. They are different types of jobs.
      4d
    • NIO / Product LeakySky
      I wouldn’t tar all Google HW engineers with the same brush. Some of them are darn good, most are average. However, due to Google’s schizophrenic product management and lack of institutional endurance, they are subject to failed HW products one after the other.
      4d
    • Forcepoint VXFq35
      Ah didn't think of PM!
      4d
    • MediaTek Go🔙
      Yes it is true that Google has some good hw engg.s but they seem to have very little say in overall product direction. And Google’s policy of basically promoting generalist swes doesn’t quite work with hw products.
      4d
  • Micron / Design
    myhC22

    Micron Design

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    Intel Corporation
    myhC22more
    Which companies are best ?
    Aug 29 21
    • Intel Spikiera
      @Vbsm66 maybe you are an outlier, 350k does sound very high for a PhD with 2 years in the HW domain.
      Aug 30
    • Facebook beepbopp
      HW at FB, MSFT and apple are all less than SWE, period. Unless it's a high demand low supply role like silicon specific roles with high experience, in which case, is much higher than SWE.
      5d
    • NVIDIA heynowhey
      350k isn't necessarily BS if it includes signing bonus which @microsoft says it does. My first year TC at NV was 300k fresh out of PhD. Of course I had competing offers and I negotiated.
      4d
    • New strazi
      Depends on HW domain. If it is ML related right now write your own. Also depends on sub-dom specifics DV/FV/Logic etc...
      4d
    • Apple EdenFruit
      20 YOE, HW, $210TC... The Apple engineers who brag about making bank have been there long enough to benefit from stock appreciation. Out the door, Apple pay is on the low side.
      4d
  • Seagate toti420
    As a general rule of thumb, for the same level HW ~ 0.9xSW w.r.t base/bonus, and 0.5-0.7x w.r.t RSU. For SW, see levels.fyi, and you can calculate HW.
    If you’re talking about higher positions like distinguished engineers, etc., then it’s an entire different story.
    Aug 29 3
    • Intuitive Surgical Vater
      Not sure if I see any hardware data on level.fyi, am I missing something? Please help, very interested in this info.
      Aug 29
    • NASA qKln23
      OP
      I am referring to say an analog designer versus a digital designer.I am kind of looking for the breakdown of pay for the types of specialization. Your answer is still very useful
      Aug 29
    • Seagate toti420
      Hmmm I’m sorry I don’t know the answer to that. It depends on the company as well.
      Aug 29
  • American Express vista133
    I do respect HW folks for the amazing design, optimisation, simulation, architecture, power, frequency ect ... always pushing the limits of physics boundaries ...most SW folks seem lazy compare HW guys.
    5d 0
  • American Express vista133
    HW development is way more complex than SW, it is also more stressful and has bigger impact when it comes to release a product.

    However companies make recurring revenue with SW that is higher than HW product sales. That explains the difference in salary in favor of SW guys.
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  • Microsoft Atin|ay2
    CEO
    Aug 29 0
  • HelloFresh warm sun
    Seeing these salaries and I'm over here making 40k 🙃🙃
    5d 8
    • Groupon / Product 😮 really?
      Look around and reach out to your peers for a referral. I’m at 🍎 if you’re interested.
      5d
    • New geeerm
      How well does the bootcamp route go vs a CS? I know a big part of it is your portfolio and skillset, but are companies actually not necessarily looking for degrees anymore?
      5d
    • United Technologies rach3
      Ordered the wrong meals this week, can you help with that? 😂 Don't give up salary-wise, you will find something that fits well and that you enjoy and you won't care about salaries anymore.
      4d
    • New York Magazine / Eng pkCY73
      I have 15 years experience and was interviewed by a sales guy who went through a bootcamp and would be my manager. I wont name the company but it was prominent and is now defunct.
      4d
    • HelloFresh BUWm690
      What do you do at HelloFresh?
      4d
  • Broadcom Ltd. gOvU58
    At Broadcom, with the help of bonus and RSU, it is pretty easy to get TC > 250k, but the drawback is they are extremely tight on headcount and job security is always a big concern.
    Aug 31 7
    • Expedia Group / Eng Anony🐭
      Damn
      5d
    • Synopsys pakr020
      BRCM 160k base for IC5 seems low... But I see there's a big bonus and RSU. so.... Is that how BRCM works? Low base with high bonus RSU?
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    • New ibho41
      Is 160k rsu per year given to new hires or does it include stock appreciation?
      Yesterday
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng $meNo
      Target Rsu refresher is 90% of base on average. Lower levels get less, higher levels get more % of base.
      Yesterday
    • New ibho41
      @brcm that is very competitive. Thanks for sharing.
      Yesterday
  • Microsoft / Product cXeu01
    Apparently optical engineers are very sought after. Is that hw?
    Aug 29 0
  • New / Design cockball
    Chief Executive Officer 😂😂😂😂😂
    5d 0
  • Uber
    D4Dara

    Uber

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    Apple, Netflix, Microsoft
    D4Daramore
    I just joined self driving team at Aurora - pays well - similar salaries for hw and sw.
    5d 1
    • Nuage Networks / Eng
      NoDrama

      Nuage Networks Eng

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      Apple
      NoDramamore
      How much?
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  • Google / Eng Pri
    My wife was paid much lesser at Google in a hardware position to what a software engineer makes at the same level.
    5d 0
  • Juniper Pliny Jr
    Ray Ban
    Aug 29 0
  • Aurora OkjQ51
    Our hardware teams pay very well.
    4d 2
    • NVIDIA imai
      Tc or gtfo
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    • Nuage Networks / Eng
      NoDrama

      Nuage Networks Eng

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      Apple
      NoDramamore
      How much does Aurora pay? For someone with 6yrs of exp.
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  • New / Eng Uda21
    RF design engineer?
    5d 2
    • Forcepoint VXFq35
      I designed a nfc antenna for ug, found out I taken on a masters proj after. It was dope to say the least.
      5d
    • Airbnb liFu43
      Me too! Did yours work? 😆
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  • Apple sjsbdwqaii
    Apple is your best bet for highest TC for HW 😂
    5d 1
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng gogoTaN
      Can u share your TC?
      5d
  • eBay / Eng
    hashbrowns

    eBay Eng

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    American Express, Morgan Stanley
    hashbrownsmore
    Home Depot is good for Hardware. You might want to try Ace too
    4d 0
  • Oath
    BIDU

    Oath

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    Google, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook
    BIDUmore
    Certain orgs at Apple / google
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