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average salary for phd in computer engineering

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

Computer engineers, also known as computer hardware engineers or computer software engineers, develop and evaluate the software essential for computers to work. Those in this field are in the vanguard of new computer technology. Computer hardware engineers design, develop, and test the components of computer systems, such as circuit boards, networks, routers, memory boards, and processors. They work on research and development of the newest computer technology. Computer software engineers create software products, and design and develop operating systems, networking systems, games, web, and mobile applications. They also create tests for new and existing code to make sure it is compatible. Computer hardware and software engineers often engage in collaborative work, such as smart phone design.

Computer engineering doctoral degree programs are generally designed to prepare students for careers in advanced research and academia. The curriculum may teach you to detect and investigate problems in computer hardware, architecture and software; research and analyze data; and assimilate new technology into older computer models. You may also receive instruction in pedagogy to prepare you to teach computer engineering at the college level.

Showing 5 salaries for “phd computer science engineer” in United States

  • Software
    Engineer$105,334per year
  • Machine Learning
    Engineer$151,683per year
  • Engineer$69,875per year
  • Data
    Scientist$119,983per year
  • Back End
    Developer$120,730per year

Credit requirements for a computer engineering doctoral program may vary, but most programs are composed of about 48 credits of coursework, many of which are related to research studies. A number of these credit hours are devoted to the doctoral dissertation, a major research project to be published in an industry-acknowledged academic journal.

Degree LevelDoctoral
PrerequisitesBachelor’s degree, GRE scores, Master’s degree for some programs
Areas of StudyNetworking, computer security, software design, forensics
Other RequirementsDissertation and defense
Median Salary (2020)*$126,830 (for computer and information research scientists)
Job Outlook (2019-29)*15% (for all computer and information research scientists)

Learning how to become a computer engineer is the first step toward earning a more-than-comfortable salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for this profession was $108,430 in 2014, but the top-earners make more than $160,000. Salaries vary between regions and industries. Scientific research pays a more modest wage, while computer equipment manufacturing is more lucrative.

Computer Hardware Engineer$108,430
Software Engineer, Applications$95,510
Software Engineer, Systems Software$102,880

With the growing need for technological advancement, it should not come as a surprise that approximately 38 percent of all technological professionals work in computer engineering—hardware (27 percent) and software (11 percent)—according to CompTIA. However, between those two paths, the outlook for hardware engineers is slightly tempered when compared to software engineers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes more innovation is occurring in software development and career growth for hardware engineers is only projected to reach 7 percent nationally between 2012 and 2022. On the other hand, software engineering careers are expected to grow by 22 percent nationally at the same time, far outpacing the national average for all occupations. The factors responsible for this growth? Emerging industries, massive capital investments by venture capitalists in technology start-ups, and the growing demand on mobile technology. Computer engineers with a master’s degree or higher should have the best prospects.

A degree in computer engineering allows you to work with every aspect of the system. Design and build computer systems from circuits to software.

  • Embedded systems
  • Networking 
  • Robotics
  • Mobile computing
  • Cyber security
  • Digital system design
  • System engineering

PhD Computer Engineering degree holders can work as an Engineering Technician, Application Engineer, Research Assistant, Water Resource Engineer, Chemical Engineer etc. in various industries such as  IT Sectors, Manufacturing Units, Agriculture Sectors, Retail Sectors, Aerospace Companies, Telecommunications etc.

The average tuition fees for PhD in Computer Engineering course in Indian colleges usually ranges between INR 30,000 and INR 4,00,000 for the duration of three years.

The average salary offered to a degree holder in PhD Computer Engineering is around INR 2,00,000 to INR 15,00,000, but this can be higher on the basis of experience and other factors.

If students wish to do further research, they can become independent researchers and publish their research papers. They can also earn a DSc (Doctor of Science) degree in the related domain in future.

NIRF Ranking 2021Name of the College/ UniversityAdmission ProcessAverage Annual Fees Average Annual Salary
16Jamia Millia Islamia UniversityEntrance-Test based followed by InterviewINR 31,810INR 4,32,000
31AMU, AligarhEntrance-Test based followed by InterviewINR 12,285INR 5,78,000
40NIT, KurukshetraEntrance-Test based followed by InterviewINR 16,100INR 5,22,000
54SVNIT, SuratEntrance-Test based followed by InterviewINR 40,000INR 6,80,000
88GNDU, AmritsarEntrance-Test based followed by InterviewINR 33,465INR 4,50,000

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