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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
27,680 7.4 % $20.17 $41,950 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.94 $15.09 $18.30 $23.90 $30.86
Annual Wage (2) $26,910 $31,390 $38,060 $49,710 $64,190


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 25,100 6.93 $20.16 $41,920
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.04 $18.34 $38,160

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 25,100 6.93 $20.16 $41,920
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.04 $18.34 $38,160

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 (8) (8) $26.09 $54,270
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 25,100 6.93 $20.16 $41,920
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.04 $18.34 $38,160


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 5,010 0.29 1.53 $19.55 $40,660
Texas 4,090 0.33 1.75 $17.25 $35,880
Oregon 4,060 2.13 11.29 $19.51 $40,580
North Carolina 1,910 0.43 2.27 $18.02 $37,480
New Mexico 1,130 1.38 7.31 $22.11 $45,980




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 4,060 2.13 11.29 $19.51 $40,580
New Mexico 1,130 1.38 7.31 $22.11 $45,980
North Carolina 1,910 0.43 2.27 $18.02 $37,480
Colorado 950 0.35 1.87 $15.40 $32,020
Texas 4,090 0.33 1.75 $17.25 $35,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 660 0.18 0.97 $25.68 $53,410
New Mexico 1,130 1.38 7.31 $22.11 $45,980
Ohio 830 0.15 0.81 $21.51 $44,750
New Hampshire 90 0.13 0.69 $21.41 $44,530
Arkansas (8) (8) (8) $20.57 $42,790





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 3,930 3.25 17.23 $19.30 $40,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,580 2.27 12.02 $19.62 $40,810
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,010 0.55 2.91 $17.86 $37,150
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,440 1.34 7.10 $17.65 $36,700
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,360 4.34 23.03 $18.13 $37,710
Albuquerque, NM 1,130 2.89 15.36 $22.11 $45,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 990 0.16 0.84 $18.44 $38,360
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 1.23 $26.29 $54,680
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 400 0.27 1.42 $19.10 $39,730
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 240 0.67 3.55 $19.69 $40,960




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 1,360 4.34 23.03 $18.13 $37,710
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,930 3.25 17.23 $19.30 $40,140
Albuquerque, NM 1,130 2.89 15.36 $22.11 $45,980
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,580 2.27 12.02 $19.62 $40,810
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,440 1.34 7.10 $17.65 $36,700
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 240 0.67 3.55 $19.69 $40,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,010 0.55 2.91 $17.86 $37,150
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 400 0.27 1.42 $19.10 $39,730
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 1.23 $26.29 $54,680
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.18 0.96 $27.55 $57,310




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)
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.18 0.96 $27.55 $57,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 1.23 $26.29 $54,680
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.86 $47,540
Albuquerque, NM 1,130 2.89 15.36 $22.11 $45,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 60 0.02 0.13 $21.93 $45,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.50 $42,640
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $20.24 $42,100
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 140 0.07 0.36 $19.73 $41,030
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 240 0.67 3.55 $19.69 $40,960
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,580 2.27 12.02 $19.62 $40,810


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020