Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
21,380 8.2 % $16.72 $34,780 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.97 $12.93 $15.88 $19.36 $23.24
Annual Wage (2) $22,820 $26,880 $33,020 $40,260 $48,340


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 19,310 5.00 $16.64 $34,610
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 660 0.16 $17.75 $36,910
Employment Services 650 0.02 $14.84 $30,860
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 250 0.22 $17.27 $35,920
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.03 $16.75 $34,840

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 19,310 5.00 $16.64 $34,610
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 250 0.22 $17.27 $35,920
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 660 0.16 $17.75 $36,910
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.03 $16.75 $34,840
Employment Services 650 0.02 $14.84 $30,860

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 30 0.01 $21.97 $45,700
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 660 0.16 $17.75 $36,910
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 250 0.22 $17.27 $35,920
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.03 $16.75 $34,840
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 19,310 5.00 $16.64 $34,610


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 5,170 0.36 2.20 $16.94 $35,240
Texas 2,680 0.25 1.54 $17.29 $35,960
Oregon 2,420 1.50 9.16 $15.91 $33,080
Arizona 1,700 0.70 4.29 $15.82 $32,910
Washington 1,160 0.42 2.55 $17.68 $36,780




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 2,420 1.50 9.16 $15.91 $33,080
Arizona 1,700 0.70 4.29 $15.82 $32,910
Maine 320 0.55 3.38 $15.68 $32,610
Washington 1,160 0.42 2.55 $17.68 $36,780
California 5,170 0.36 2.20 $16.94 $35,240




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 130 0.21 1.25 $22.55 $46,900
New York 180 0.02 0.13 $19.66 $40,880
Florida 530 0.07 0.45 $18.53 $38,540
Washington 1,160 0.42 2.55 $17.68 $36,780
Massachusetts 910 0.28 1.74 $17.47 $36,330





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 3,450 3.44 20.97 $16.45 $34,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,830 2.04 12.42 $17.16 $35,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,700 0.98 5.98 $15.82 $32,920
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,330 1.63 9.95 $19.05 $39,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.23 1.42 $15.49 $32,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 750 0.43 2.63 $15.30 $31,820
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.68 4.15 $20.40 $42,420
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 470 0.37 2.28 $15.81 $32,880
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 330 1.71 10.42 $18.74 $38,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 0.99 $16.72 $34,780




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 3,450 3.44 20.97 $16.45 $34,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,830 2.04 12.42 $17.16 $35,690
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 330 1.71 10.42 $18.74 $38,970
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,330 1.63 9.95 $19.05 $39,620
Worcester, MA-CT 270 1.10 6.69 $19.55 $40,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,700 0.98 5.98 $15.82 $32,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.68 4.15 $20.40 $42,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 750 0.43 2.63 $15.30 $31,820
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 470 0.37 2.28 $15.81 $32,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.23 1.42 $15.49 $32,210




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 Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.21 1.30 $21.02 $43,710
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.68 4.15 $20.40 $42,420
Worcester, MA-CT 270 1.10 6.69 $19.55 $40,650
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,330 1.63 9.95 $19.05 $39,620
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 330 1.71 10.42 $18.74 $38,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.99 $37,410
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.72 $36,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 0.78 $17.37 $36,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,830 2.04 12.42 $17.16 $35,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 0.99 $16.72 $34,780


About May 2012 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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