Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-9141 Semiconductor Processors

Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,580 10.1 % $17.68 $36,770 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.79 $13.66 $16.67 $20.61 $25.77
Annual Wage (2) $24,520 $28,410 $34,680 $42,860 $53,610


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 21,040 5.66 $17.77 $36,970
Employment Services 1,090 0.03 $16.13 $33,540
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 510 0.13 $16.84 $35,020
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 (8) (8)
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $23.74 $49,390

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 21,040 5.66 $17.77 $36,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 510 0.13 $16.84 $35,020
Employment Services 1,090 0.03 $16.13 $33,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $23.74 $49,390
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $23.74 $49,390
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 21,040 5.66 $17.77 $36,970
Communications Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.67 $36,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 510 0.13 $16.84 $35,020
Employment Services 1,090 0.03 $16.13 $33,540


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,240 0.41 2.37 $17.15 $35,670
Texas 3,720 0.33 1.90 $17.26 $35,890
Washington 1,090 0.38 2.16 $17.98 $37,400
North Carolina 830 0.21 1.18 $18.34 $38,140
Arizona 790 0.31 1.80 $20.35 $42,330



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 400 0.50 2.89 (8) (8)
California 6,240 0.41 2.37 $17.15 $35,670
Washington 1,090 0.38 2.16 $17.98 $37,400
Texas 3,720 0.33 1.90 $17.26 $35,890
Arizona 790 0.31 1.80 $20.35 $42,330



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 510 0.07 0.38 $21.70 $45,140
Arizona 790 0.31 1.80 $20.35 $42,330
New Jersey 210 0.05 0.31 $20.29 $42,210
New York 550 0.06 0.35 $19.57 $40,700
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $19.29 $40,120




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,690 3.50 20.05 $16.77 $34,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,310 2.37 13.59 $18.15 $37,740
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,460 1.64 9.42 $17.63 $36,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.63 3.61 $17.08 $35,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.20 1.15 $15.58 $32,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 750 0.41 2.36 $20.38 $42,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.56 3.21 $18.32 $38,100
Greensboro-High Point, NC 490 1.40 8.05 $19.19 $39,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 440 0.34 1.93 $16.37 $34,050
Albuquerque, NM 400 1.07 6.14 (8) (8)



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,690 3.50 20.05 $16.77 $34,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,310 2.37 13.59 $18.15 $37,740
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,460 1.64 9.42 $17.63 $36,680
Greensboro-High Point, NC 490 1.40 8.05 $19.19 $39,910
Albuquerque, NM 400 1.07 6.14 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.63 3.61 $17.08 $35,530
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.56 3.21 $18.32 $38,100
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 250 0.45 2.59 $15.48 $32,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 750 0.41 2.36 $20.38 $42,390
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 440 0.34 1.93 $16.37 $34,050



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 0.61 $21.43 $44,580
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $20.54 $42,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 750 0.41 2.36 $20.38 $42,390
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 330 0.18 1.06 $19.24 $40,010
Greensboro-High Point, NC 490 1.40 8.05 $19.19 $39,910
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.06 0.36 $18.80 $39,100
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.08 0.46 $18.34 $38,150
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.56 3.21 $18.32 $38,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,310 2.37 13.59 $18.15 $37,740
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (8) (8) (8) $17.84 $37,110


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015