Computer Engineer Salary

Before choosing a career, you should know about career opportunities, working conditions, work environment, insurance and especially the salary aspect. How much does a computer engineer make?

Salary Outlook

The average salary of computer engineer in the United States is $102,450 per year, which is 106% higher than the average U.S. salary. Our latest research found that new college graduates can earn an average salary range of $61,000 to $76,000 per year.

Hourly WageWeekly PayMonthly IncomeAnnual Income
$49.25$1,970$8,537$102,450

Salary Range

Percentile Wages10%25%50%75%90%
Hourly Wage$30.97$38.07$47.23$63.05$76.20
Weekly Pay$1,238$1,522$1,889$2,522$3,048
Monthly Income$5,368$6,599$8,186$10,929$13,208
Annual Income$64,420$79,190$98,240$131,150$158,500

Software and Hardware Engineer

Computer engineering has two major specialties: Computer software engineer and computer hardware engineer.

Computer software engineer develop, design and test software or construct, maintain computer networks, programs for companies. They create computer interfaces, operating systems, new programs and applications such as desktops, smartphones, tablets. The average computer software engineer salary is $107,840 per year.

 Computer EngineerHardware EngineerSoftware Engineer
Junior$64,400 $69,000 $59,800
Intermediate$102,350 $117,852 $110,101
Senior$161,368 $167,030 $168,230

Computer hardware engineer research, develop and test hardware or computer equipment including chip-set, mainboard… etc. They ensure that their hardware work properly with the latest software technology. The average computer hardware engineer salary is $112,760 per year.

Overall, the average pay for a hardware engineer is 5% higher than for a software engineer.

Highest-Paying Companies

Based on our data, Google is the highest paying company in the computer engineering industry with employees earning an average of $124,000 per year, which is 21% higher than the average computer engineering salary in the United States. A senior engineer at Google can earn up to $285,000 or more.

CompanyHourly WageMonthly IncomeAnnual Income
Google$59.62$10,333 $124,000
LinkedIn$58.65$10,167 $122,000
Apple$57.69$10,000 $120,000
Facebook$57.21$9,917 $119,000
HP$56.73$9,833 $118,000
IBM$56.25$9,750 $117,000
Cisco Systems$55.77$9,667 $116,000
Microsoft$55.29$9,583 $115,000
Citrix Systems$53.36$9,250 $111,000
Oracle$51.92$9,000 $108,000
Amazon$51.44$8,917 $107,000
Qualcomm$51.44$8,833 $106,000
Intel Corporation$50.96$8,750 $105,000
eBay$50.00$8,667 $104,000
Workday$47.60$8,250 $99,000
Orbitz Worldwide$46.63$8,083 $97,000
Jabil Circuit$44.23$7,667 $92,000
Xerox$44.23$7,667 $92,000
Danaher$40.87$7,083 $85,000
Micron Technology$39.42$6,833 $82,000

Highest-Paying Jobs/Fields

CompanyJob/FieldAnnual Income
GoogleSoftware$285,000
Apple-$258,000
Intel Corporation-$235,000
LinkedIn-$210,000
FacebookManager$209,000
Riverbed Technology-$190,000
QualcommHardware$185,000
Citrix SystemsSoftware$180,000
Agilent Technologies-$177,000
Red Hat-$171,000
Akamai-$169,000
SAP-$154,000
Workday-$151,000
EatonManager$146,000
MITRESoftware$143,000
MathWorks-$141,000
National InstrumentsHardware$137,000
SalesforceQuality Assurance$136,000
RackspaceSoftware$126,000
Orbitz WorldwideSoftware$121,000

Highest-Paying Cities

Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area, California) is the best place to be a computer engineer; the median salary is around $131,500 per year.

CityHourly WageMonthly IncomeAnnual Income
San Francisco$64.42$11,167 $134,000
San Jose$63.46$11,000 $132,000
New York$55.29$9,583 $115,000
Washington D.C.$54.81$9,500 $114,000
Brooklyn$52.88$9,167 $110,000
Boston$51.92$9,000 $108,000
Los Angeles$50.96$8,833 $106,000
Chicago$51.44$8,916 $107,000
Dallas$50.48$8,750 $105,000
Philadelphia$49.52$8,583 $103,000

Salary by State

StateHourly WageMonthly IncomeAnnual Income
New York$56.95$9,871 $118,450
Mississippi$56.39$9,775 $117,300
Massachusetts$55.29$9,583 $115,000
California$55.05$9,542 $114,500
Georgia$53.08$9,200 $110,400
Connecticut$52.52$9,104 $109,250
New Jersey$51.42$8,913 $106,950
Illinois$50.87$8,817 $105,800
Alabama$50.24$8,708 $104,500
Montana$49.64$8,604 $103,250
Indiana$49.09$8,508 $102,100
Rhode Island$48.94$8,483 $101,800
Virginia$48.65$8,433 $101,200
Maryland$48.46$8,400 $100,800
Hawaii$48.44$8,396 $100,750
North Carolina$48.32$8,375 $100,500
Arkansas$48.29$8,371 $100,450
Missouri$48.13$8,342 $100,100
West Virginia$47.86$8,296 $99,550
New Hampshire$47.55$8,242 $98,900
Michigan$47.00$8,146 $97,750
Washington$46.44$8,050 $96,600
Tennessee$46.23$8,013 $96,150
Ohio$46.08$7,988 $95,850
Oregon$45.94$7,963 $95,550
Florida$45.79$7,938 $95,250
Texas$45.41$7,871 $94,450
Iowa$45.34$7,858 $94,300
Vermont$45.29$7,850 $94,200
North Dakota$45.19$7,833 $94,000
Delaware$44.90$7,783 $93,400
Nevada$44.78$7,763 $93,150
Wyoming$44.64$7,738 $92,850
Oklahoma$44.23$7,667 $92,000
Kansas$43.97$7,621 $91,450
New Mexico$43.68$7,571 $90,850
South Carolina$43.53$7,546 $90,550
Minnesota$43.34$7,513 $90,150
Maine$43.13$7,475 $89,700
Wisconsin$42.57$7,379 $88,550
Kentucky$42.24$7,321 $87,850
Pennsylvania$41.88$7,258 $87,100
Arizona$41.44$7,183 $86,200
Utah$41.32$7,163 $85,950
Colorado$41.13$7,129 $85,550
Louisiana$40.43$7,008 $84,100
Alaska$40.10$6,950 $83,400
Idaho$39.81$6,900 $82,800
Nebraska$39.25$6,804 $81,650
South Dakota$37.60$6,517 $78,200