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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
25,730 8.4 % $19.14 $39,810 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.56 $14.61 $17.92 $22.58 $28.17
Annual Wage (2) $26,130 $30,390 $37,270 $46,960 $58,590


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 22,510 6.15 $19.15 $39,830
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 130 0.03 $22.73 $47,290

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 22,510 6.15 $19.15 $39,830
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 130 0.03 $22.73 $47,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 130 0.03 $22.73 $47,290
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 22,510 6.15 $19.15 $39,830
Employment Services (8) (8) $17.19 $35,760


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)
Texas 3,910 0.32 1.82 $17.33 $36,050
Oregon 3,900 2.07 11.64 $18.95 $39,420
California 3,820 0.22 1.26 $20.86 $43,390
North Carolina 1,830 0.42 2.36 $17.77 $36,970
Colorado 1,370 0.52 2.94 $16.15 $33,580




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 3,900 2.07 11.64 $18.95 $39,420
Idaho 990 1.40 7.88 $17.67 $36,750
Colorado 1,370 0.52 2.94 $16.15 $33,580
North Carolina 1,830 0.42 2.36 $17.77 $36,970
Texas 3,910 0.32 1.82 $17.33 $36,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 680 0.19 1.07 $24.98 $51,970
New York 910 0.10 0.54 $24.48 $50,920
Ohio 650 0.12 0.68 $21.27 $44,250
New Mexico (8) (8) (8) $21.11 $43,910
California 3,820 0.22 1.26 $20.86 $43,390





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 3,990 3.35 18.84 $18.80 $39,110
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,560 1.40 7.85 $23.18 $48,210
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,490 1.45 8.13 $18.82 $39,140
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,410 0.40 2.23 $17.60 $36,610
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,300 4.21 23.69 $17.60 $36,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 1.32 $25.73 $53,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 640 0.11 0.59 $18.78 $39,070
Colorado Springs, CO 580 2.08 11.70 $13.26 $27,580
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 430 0.29 1.65 $18.99 $39,500
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 350 0.95 5.36 $18.90 $39,320




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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,300 4.21 23.69 $17.60 $36,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,990 3.35 18.84 $18.80 $39,110
Colorado Springs, CO 580 2.08 11.70 $13.26 $27,580
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,490 1.45 8.13 $18.82 $39,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,560 1.40 7.85 $23.18 $48,210
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 350 0.95 5.36 $18.90 $39,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,410 0.40 2.23 $17.60 $36,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 430 0.29 1.65 $18.99 $39,500
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 1.32 $25.73 $53,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 640 0.11 0.59 $18.78 $39,070




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 1.32 $25.73 $53,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,560 1.40 7.85 $23.18 $48,210
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.60 $47,010
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 70 0.03 0.15 $22.42 $46,630
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $21.20 $44,100
Albuquerque, NM (8) (8) (8) $21.11 $43,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.33 $42,280
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $19.35 $40,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $19.28 $40,100
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 430 0.29 1.65 $18.99 $39,500


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019