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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-9141 Semiconductor Processing Technicians

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 Semiconductor Processing Technicians
Industry profile for Semiconductor Processing Technicians
Geographic profile for Semiconductor Processing Technicians

National estimates for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
31,080 7.5 % $ 21.74 $ 45,210 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.61 $ 16.00 $ 19.47 $ 26.11 $ 33.81
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,320 $ 33,280 $ 40,500 $ 54,320 $ 70,320


Industry profile for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 29,100 7.89 $ 21.67 $ 45,080
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 0.02 $ 27.29 $ 56,760
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.05 $ 19.44 $ 40,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 29,100 7.89 $ 21.67 $ 45,080
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.05 $ 19.44 $ 40,430
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 0.02 $ 27.29 $ 56,760

Top paying industries for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 0.02 $ 27.29 $ 56,760
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) (8) (8) $ 23.65 $ 49,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 29,100 7.89 $ 21.67 $ 45,080
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.05 $ 19.44 $ 40,430


Geographic profile for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

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





States with the highest employment level in Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,780 0.35 1.58 $ 20.53 $ 42,710
Texas 5,300 0.44 1.96 $ 19.88 $ 41,340
Oregon 4,300 2.38 10.65 $ 19.99 $ 41,580
North Carolina 1,720 0.40 1.79 $ 19.07 $ 39,670
New Mexico 1,490 1.90 8.50 $ 21.33 $ 44,380




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 4,300 2.38 10.65 $ 19.99 $ 41,580
New Mexico 1,490 1.90 8.50 $ 21.33 $ 44,380
Texas 5,300 0.44 1.96 $ 19.88 $ 41,340
North Carolina 1,720 0.40 1.79 $ 19.07 $ 39,670
California 5,780 0.35 1.58 $ 20.53 $ 42,710




Top paying states for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $ 29.98 $ 62,370
Massachusetts 820 0.25 1.10 $ 24.96 $ 51,920
Ohio (8) (8) (8) $ 23.37 $ 48,600
New York 890 0.10 0.46 $ 23.30 $ 48,460
Virginia 290 0.08 0.35 $ 23.11 $ 48,070





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 4,310 3.77 16.88 $ 19.90 $ 41,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,720 3.37 15.10 $ 20.70 $ 43,060
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,410 1.61 7.23 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,770 0.49 2.20 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Albuquerque, NM 1,490 3.98 17.83 $ 21.33 $ 44,380
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,410 4.55 20.38 $ 18.71 $ 38,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 980 0.17 0.75 $ 18.91 $ 39,340
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 620 0.24 1.06 $ 26.95 $ 56,050
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 530 0.06 0.27 $ 22.76 $ 47,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.19 0.86 $ 23.37 $ 48,600




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,410 4.55 20.38 $ 18.71 $ 38,910
Albuquerque, NM 1,490 3.98 17.83 $ 21.33 $ 44,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 4,310 3.77 16.88 $ 19.90 $ 41,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,720 3.37 15.10 $ 20.70 $ 43,060
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,410 1.61 7.23 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 210 0.60 2.70 $ 20.30 $ 42,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,770 0.49 2.20 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.27 1.21 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 620 0.24 1.06 $ 26.95 $ 56,050
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.21 0.94 $ 28.54 $ 59,370




Top paying metropolitan areas for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,410 1.61 7.23 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.21 0.94 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 620 0.24 1.06 $ 26.95 $ 56,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 390 0.13 0.57 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.19 0.86 $ 23.37 $ 48,600
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 22.87 $ 47,560
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 22.80 $ 47,430
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 530 0.06 0.27 $ 22.76 $ 47,350
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 22.47 $ 46,730
Albuquerque, NM 1,490 3.98 17.83 $ 21.33 $ 44,380


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021