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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
24,020 2.2 % $ 22.07 $ 45,910 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.34 $ 17.35 $ 19.17 $ 26.88 $ 34.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,830 $ 36,100 $ 39,870 $ 55,910 $ 72,260


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 22,180 6.20 $ 21.95 $ 45,660
Employment Services 300 0.01 $ 15.56 $ 32,370
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 230 0.03 $ 29.88 $ 62,160
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 70 0.07 $ 40.91 $ 85,080

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 22,180 6.20 $ 21.95 $ 45,660
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 70 0.07 $ 40.91 $ 85,080
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 230 0.03 $ 29.88 $ 62,160
Employment Services 300 0.01 $ 15.56 $ 32,370

Top paying industries for Semiconductor Processing Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 70 0.07 $ 40.91 $ 85,080
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 230 0.03 $ 29.88 $ 62,160
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) (8) (8) $ 23.14 $ 48,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $ 22.91 $ 47,640
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 22,180 6.20 $ 21.95 $ 45,660


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.



Map of employment of semiconductor processing technicians by state, May 2021


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 4,880 0.30 1.73 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Texas 4,560 0.37 2.19 $ 16.34 $ 33,990
Oregon 4,510 2.47 14.49 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Arizona 2,270 0.79 4.63 $ 27.82 $ 57,870
New York 1,550 0.18 1.05 $ 20.46 $ 42,570


Map of location quotient of semiconductor processing technicians by state, May 2021


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 4,510 2.47 14.49 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Arizona 2,270 0.79 4.63 $ 27.82 $ 57,870
New Mexico 610 0.79 4.61 $ 23.32 $ 48,500
Idaho 560 0.74 4.36 $ 17.61 $ 36,630
Texas 4,560 0.37 2.19 $ 16.34 $ 33,990


Map of annual mean wages of semiconductor processing technicians by state, May 2021


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 2,270 0.79 4.63 $ 27.82 $ 57,870
Massachusetts 730 0.22 1.27 $ 27.29 $ 56,750
Oregon 4,510 2.47 14.49 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
California 4,880 0.30 1.73 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
New Mexico 610 0.79 4.61 $ 23.32 $ 48,500



Map of employment of semiconductor processing technicians by area, May 2021


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 4,640 4.14 24.26 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,450 2.30 13.47 $ 25.07 $ 52,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,200 1.04 6.10 $ 27.96 $ 58,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,120 0.59 3.46 $ 16.88 $ 35,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,230 0.22 1.26 $ 20.23 $ 42,070
Albuquerque, NM 610 1.67 9.79 $ 23.33 $ 48,520
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 580 0.22 1.31 $ 28.10 $ 58,450
Boise City, ID 500 1.48 8.67 $ 17.92 $ 37,280
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.32 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Sherman-Denison, TX 360 7.54 44.25 $ 15.91 $ 33,100


Map of location quotient of semiconductor processing technicians by area, May 2021


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)
Sherman-Denison, TX 360 7.54 44.25 $ 15.91 $ 33,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 4,640 4.14 24.26 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,450 2.30 13.47 $ 25.07 $ 52,140
Albuquerque, NM 610 1.67 9.79 $ 23.33 $ 48,520
Boise City, ID 500 1.48 8.67 $ 17.92 $ 37,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,200 1.04 6.10 $ 27.96 $ 58,150
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 180 0.60 3.49 $ 23.50 $ 48,890
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,120 0.59 3.46 $ 16.88 $ 35,100
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 170 0.49 2.87 $ 19.34 $ 40,220
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.30 1.78 $ 27.20 $ 56,580


Map of annual mean wages of semiconductor processing technicians by area, May 2021


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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 580 0.22 1.31 $ 28.10 $ 58,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,200 1.04 6.10 $ 27.96 $ 58,150
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.30 1.78 $ 27.20 $ 56,580
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 340 0.25 1.44 $ 25.62 $ 53,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,450 2.30 13.47 $ 25.07 $ 52,140
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 290 0.13 0.75 $ 24.91 $ 51,810
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 4,640 4.14 24.26 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.32 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 180 0.60 3.49 $ 23.50 $ 48,890
Albuquerque, NM 610 1.67 9.79 $ 23.33 $ 48,520


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022