Hardware Design Salaries and Rates in 2024

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Median Salary Expectations:

How statistics are calculated

We count how many offers each candidate received and for what salary. For example, if a Hardware Design with a salary of $4,500 received 10 offers, then we would count him 10 times. If there were no offers, then he would not get into the statistics either.

The graph column is the total number of offers. This is not the number of vacancies, but an indicator of the level of demand. The more offers there are, the more companies try to hire such a specialist. 5k+ includes candidates with salaries >= $5,000 and < $5,500.

Median Salary Expectation – the weighted average of the market offer in the selected specialization, that is, the most frequent job offers for the selected specialization received by candidates. We do not count accepted or rejected offers.

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How do you get a job in hardware design?


Start seeking internships related to hardware design, particularly those involving FPGAs and RTL work, as soon as possible. Even general internships can be beneficial by boosting your resume and providing valuable industry experience.

Learning Resources

Focus on mastering Hardware Description Languages (HDLs) such as VHDL or Verilog using tools like GHDL and Icarus Verilog. Engage with communities such as FPGA for peer advice and resources. Additionally, invest in FPGA development kits like those from Lattice or more advanced offerings from Xilinx or Intel to practice your skills on actual hardware.

Educational Materials

Deepen your theoretical knowledge with essential textbooks such as “Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach” and “Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface,” which provide insight into the design and functionality of systems.

Professional Landscape 

Depending on the company size and industry, roles can range from specialized tasks like PCB layout and schematic design in large companies to more diverse responsibilities in smaller settings, including customer interactions and handling certifications.

As hardware design increasingly intersects with software and IT, gaining skills in programming (especially Python) can be highly advantageous. These skills are essential for enhancing hardware functionality, troubleshooting, and data analysis.

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