Computer Hardware Engineers

risk level
Based on 408 votes
by year 2032
or $66.38 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

35% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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User poll

32% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 35% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Computer Hardware Engineers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Computer Hardware Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 4.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Computer Hardware Engineers' was $138,080, or $66 per hour

'Computer Hardware Engineers' were paid 187.3% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 82,660 people employed as 'Computer Hardware Engineers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Computer Hardware Engineers'.

Job description

Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

SOC Code: 17-2061.00


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Bob (Low) says
Hardware Engineers take skill and complex learning to do, I don't think ai has the the capacity to do it in this age
Jul 06, 2024 at 07:17 PM
N (Uncertain) says
Jan 12, 2024 at 07:00 AM
Nick (No chance) says
Requires hands on testing and complex engineering problems in the real world that can only be interfaced by physical mediums. Needs to account for human error and potential problems in the intended engineering project. Unless you built a robot human that can design PCBs, circuits, programs… AND order those designs from a fab house and handle the monetary and shipping policies, AND then assemble and check for errors…… etc. Like I said before, AI will be very beneficial in the design process for streamlining tasks for the engineer but it can’t replace the engineer. I hope that I’m not wrong in the future.
Apr 20, 2023 at 01:17 AM
Chris (Highly likely) says
Most hardware tasks are highly redundant and can easily be evaluated though simple logic and data analysis. Creating databases of past issues and cataloging problems will allow AI within seconds narrow down issues, based on past issues, to a handful of possible problems that AI would provide step by step instructions to fix allowing people with much lower levels of skill to fix. So while AI won't completely replace people, it will reduce knowledge and as a result salaries of people in these fields and will allow off-shoring of an increasing number jobs that are high skilled today.
Apr 04, 2023 at 12:42 AM
Rei (Moderate) says
This is about hardware, not the software or the AI. So, the peripheral of the computer, robot with great AI, will likely replace humans. Still, the QC will be handled by humans.
Apr 20, 2022 at 02:10 PM
Husain says
This occupation takes IQ and the ability to work in a team, and robots will hog it all up, and maybe listen to their team if the team is lucky. And robots are weak grabbers, so they cannot grab pieces. They don't know what's in them because they can't dig themselves out. Computer hardware engineers use math, problem-solving, curiosity, and science, and robots maybe don't have problem-solving, and you certainly cannot program something to be curious until some year like 2080, which I cannot imagine.
Jan 20, 2021 at 07:52 PM
Daniel (No chance) says
I believe humans would never risk computers programming others as if one is wrong, all of them are.
Oct 19, 2020 at 03:20 PM

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