Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
24,230 9.1 % $18.08 $37,600 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.17 $13.96 $17.01 $21.15 $26.36
Annual Wage (2) $25,310 $29,040 $35,390 $44,000 $54,820


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 21,730 5.90 $18.17 $37,780
Employment Services 1,170 0.03 $16.32 $33,930
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 480 0.12 $18.65 $38,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $21.95 $45,660

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 21,730 5.90 $18.17 $37,780
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 480 0.12 $18.65 $38,790
Employment Services 1,170 0.03 $16.32 $33,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $21.95 $45,660

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 $21.95 $45,660
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 480 0.12 $18.65 $38,790
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 21,730 5.90 $18.17 $37,780
Communications Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.98 $37,410
Employment Services 1,170 0.03 $16.32 $33,930


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 5,860 0.38 2.15 $17.75 $36,920
Texas 4,810 0.42 2.37 $17.58 $36,570
Oregon 2,820 1.62 9.24 $17.07 $35,510
Washington 1,120 0.38 2.14 $18.53 $38,540
Colorado 960 0.39 2.23 $14.81 $30,810



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)
Oregon 2,820 1.62 9.24 $17.07 $35,510
Maine 350 0.59 3.35 $17.37 $36,120
Texas 4,810 0.42 2.37 $17.58 $36,570
Colorado 960 0.39 2.23 $14.81 $30,810
Washington 1,120 0.38 2.14 $18.53 $38,540



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 580 0.11 0.63 $22.11 $45,990
New Jersey 250 0.06 0.36 $21.68 $45,090
New Hampshire 60 0.10 0.54 $21.60 $44,930
Arizona 700 0.27 1.54 $21.56 $44,840
Florida 420 0.05 0.30 $20.75 $43,160




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 3,710 3.41 19.38 $17.56 $36,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,330 2.30 13.11 $18.80 $39,100
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,200 0.94 5.36 $17.55 $36,500
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.80 4.53 $16.87 $35,100
Austin-Round Rock, TX 960 1.04 5.90 $18.73 $38,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.16 0.91 $16.57 $34,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 610 0.33 1.86 $22.09 $45,950
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.51 2.93 $18.24 $37,940
Greensboro-High Point, NC 300 0.84 4.81 $20.56 $42,760
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 280 0.51 2.89 $15.94 $33,150



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 3,710 3.41 19.38 $17.56 $36,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,330 2.30 13.11 $18.80 $39,100
Austin-Round Rock, TX 960 1.04 5.90 $18.73 $38,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,200 0.94 5.36 $17.55 $36,500
Greensboro-High Point, NC 300 0.84 4.81 $20.56 $42,760
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.80 4.53 $16.87 $35,100
Albuquerque, NM 260 0.70 4.01 $18.49 $38,470
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 280 0.51 2.89 $15.94 $33,150
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.51 2.93 $18.24 $37,940
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 610 0.33 1.86 $22.09 $45,950



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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.09 0.54 $23.30 $48,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 610 0.33 1.86 $22.09 $45,950
Greensboro-High Point, NC 300 0.84 4.81 $20.56 $42,760
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $19.89 $41,370
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $19.71 $41,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.28 $19.11 $39,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,330 2.30 13.11 $18.80 $39,100
Austin-Round Rock, TX 960 1.04 5.90 $18.73 $38,960
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 0.53 $18.51 $38,510
Albuquerque, NM 260 0.70 4.01 $18.49 $38,470


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016