Computer hardware engineers rate their happiness above average.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, computer hardware engineers rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy computer hardware engineers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Solution architect
3.7
$100k
Mechatronics engineer
3.5
$101k
Computer hardware engineer
3.5
$128k
UX designer
3.5
$65k
Industrial designer
3.5
$77k
App developer
3.5
$71k
Aerospace engineer
3.4
$122k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are computer hardware engineers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do computer hardware engineers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as computer hardware engineers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are computer hardware engineer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are computer hardware engineers making the best use of their abilities?

Are computer hardware engineers happy with their salary?

Computer hardware engineers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most computer hardware engineers having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked computer hardware engineers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

230 computer hardware engineers

5 Star
17%

17% of computer hardware engineers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of computer hardware engineers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of computer hardware engineers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of computer hardware engineers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of computer hardware engineers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do computer hardware engineers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, computer hardware engineers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.2/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked computer hardware engineers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

237 computer hardware engineers

5 Star
24%

24% of computer hardware engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of computer hardware engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of computer hardware engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of computer hardware engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of computer hardware engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as computer hardware engineers?

Computer hardware engineers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of computer hardware engineers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked computer hardware engineers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

273 computer hardware engineers

5 Star
35%

35% of computer hardware engineers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of computer hardware engineers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of computer hardware engineers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of computer hardware engineers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of computer hardware engineers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a computer hardware engineer’s work environment?

As a whole, computer hardware engineers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of computer hardware engineers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a computer hardware engineer.

We asked computer hardware engineers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

275 computer hardware engineers

5 Star
28%

28% of computer hardware engineers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of computer hardware engineers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of computer hardware engineers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of computer hardware engineers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of computer hardware engineers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are computer hardware engineers making the best use of their abilities?

Former computer hardware engineers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most computer hardware engineers surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a computer hardware engineer, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked computer hardware engineers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

271 computer hardware engineers

5 Star
27%

27% of computer hardware engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of computer hardware engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of computer hardware engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of computer hardware engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of computer hardware engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars