Computer Engineer

Nick Salerno

What do Computer Engineers do?

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. These engineers discover new directions in computer hardware.


The median annual wage for computer hardware engineers was $108,430 in May 2014. Making $52.13 an hour.

Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. A limited number of engineers will be needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more technological innovation takes place with software than with hardware.