Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
24,430 8.8 % $18.22 $37,890 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.42 $14.22 $17.15 $21.08 $25.74
Annual Wage (2) $25,840 $29,580 $35,660 $43,840 $53,540


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 21,970 5.94 $18.19 $37,830
Employment Services 1,000 0.03 $15.95 $33,190
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 580 0.34 $17.89 $37,200
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $21.46 $44,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $34.15 $71,030

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 21,970 5.94 $18.19 $37,830
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 580 0.34 $17.89 $37,200
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $21.46 $44,640
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.04 $17.92 $37,270
Employment Services 1,000 0.03 $15.95 $33,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $34.15 $71,030
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $21.46 $44,640
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 21,970 5.94 $18.19 $37,830
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.04 $17.92 $37,270
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 580 0.34 $17.89 $37,200


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 4,700 0.40 2.30 $17.43 $36,260
California 4,120 0.26 1.48 $18.74 $38,980
Colorado 1,270 0.51 2.91 $16.25 $33,810
Washington 1,180 0.38 2.20 $18.81 $39,130
Ohio 680 0.13 0.73 $22.76 $47,340




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)
Colorado 1,270 0.51 2.91 $16.25 $33,810
Texas 4,700 0.40 2.30 $17.43 $36,260
New Mexico 320 0.39 2.25 $21.57 $44,860
Washington 1,180 0.38 2.20 $18.81 $39,130
California 4,120 0.26 1.48 $18.74 $38,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 680 0.13 0.73 $22.76 $47,340
New Hampshire 60 0.10 0.55 $21.82 $45,380
New York 420 0.05 0.27 $21.74 $45,210
New Mexico 320 0.39 2.25 $21.57 $44,860
Massachusetts 590 0.17 0.97 $21.06 $43,800





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 3,940 3.48 19.98 $17.91 $37,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.79 4.55 $18.07 $37,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,720 1.64 9.45 $20.26 $42,130
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,080 1.12 6.45 $17.88 $37,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.12 0.71 $17.79 $37,000
Albuquerque, NM 320 0.83 4.75 $21.57 $44,860
Columbus, OH 170 0.17 0.98 $32.76 $68,150
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 150 0.17 0.96 $14.58 $30,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.10 $18.39 $38,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 110 0.04 0.25 $16.77 $34,890




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,940 3.48 19.98 $17.91 $37,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,720 1.64 9.45 $20.26 $42,130
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,080 1.12 6.45 $17.88 $37,180
Albuquerque, NM 320 0.83 4.75 $21.57 $44,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.79 4.55 $18.07 $37,580
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.37 2.14 $17.18 $35,740
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 150 0.17 0.96 $14.58 $30,330
Columbus, OH 170 0.17 0.98 $32.76 $68,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.12 0.71 $17.79 $37,000
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 110 0.09 0.52 $14.28 $29,710




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)
Columbus, OH 170 0.17 0.98 $32.76 $68,150
Albuquerque, NM 320 0.83 4.75 $21.57 $44,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.35 $20.92 $43,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,720 1.64 9.45 $20.26 $42,130
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.94 $41,470
Pittsburgh, PA 80 0.07 0.40 $19.79 $41,160
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.29 $40,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.04 0.23 $18.75 $38,990
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.10 $18.39 $38,240
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $18.31 $38,070


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

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Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017