Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
20,930 4.7 % $16.64 $34,610 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.20 $13.11 $15.93 $19.42 $23.20
Annual Wage (2) $23,300 $27,270 $33,130 $40,390 $48,260


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 18,850 5.13 $16.55 $34,410
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 720 0.18 $16.44 $34,190
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.08 $17.87 $37,170
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.05 $26.63 $55,390

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 18,850 5.13 $16.55 $34,410
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 720 0.18 $16.44 $34,190
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.08 $17.87 $37,170
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.05 $26.63 $55,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.05 $26.63 $55,390
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $21.30 $44,310
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.08 $17.87 $37,170
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $16.62 $34,580
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 18,850 5.13 $16.55 $34,410


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 4,440 0.32 1.93 $17.45 $36,290
Texas 3,990 0.40 2.41 $17.11 $35,590
Massachusetts 1,470 0.47 2.86 $17.13 $35,630
Oregon 1,420 0.91 5.50 $15.66 $32,580
Arizona 1,220 0.52 3.14 $16.17 $33,640




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 1,420 0.91 5.50 $15.66 $32,580
Arizona 1,220 0.52 3.14 $16.17 $33,640
Massachusetts 1,470 0.47 2.86 $17.13 $35,630
Texas 3,990 0.40 2.41 $17.11 $35,590
Minnesota 950 0.37 2.26 $16.41 $34,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 110 0.18 1.09 $21.79 $45,310
Florida 530 0.07 0.45 $17.91 $37,240
Ohio (8) (8) (8) $17.62 $36,650
Georgia 120 0.03 0.19 $17.48 $36,360
California 4,440 0.32 1.93 $17.45 $36,290

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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,450 2.85 17.33 $18.51 $38,510
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 2,410 2.51 15.23 $16.15 $33,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,230 1.11 6.77 $16.31 $33,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,090 0.65 3.93 $16.53 $34,380
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,010 1.32 8.04 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.57 3.45 $16.41 $34,140
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.65 3.95 $17.46 $36,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.12 0.75 $15.35 $31,930
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 290 1.51 9.15 $17.60 $36,610
Worcester, MA-CT 240 1.02 6.18 $19.08 $39,690




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,450 2.85 17.33 $18.51 $38,510
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 2,410 2.51 15.23 $16.15 $33,580
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 290 1.51 9.15 $17.60 $36,610
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,010 1.32 8.04 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,230 1.11 6.77 $16.31 $33,930
Worcester, MA-CT 240 1.02 6.18 $19.08 $39,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.65 3.95 $17.46 $36,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,090 0.65 3.93 $16.53 $34,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.57 3.45 $16.41 $34,140
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.39 2.37 $17.87 $37,160




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $27.60 $57,400
Worcester, MA-CT 240 1.02 6.18 $19.08 $39,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,450 2.85 17.33 $18.51 $38,510
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.28 $18.01 $37,470
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.39 2.37 $17.87 $37,160
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 290 1.51 9.15 $17.60 $36,610
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.54 $17.53 $36,450
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.65 3.95 $17.46 $36,310
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.14 0.83 $17.07 $35,500
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $16.63 $34,580


About May 2010 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.


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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011