Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
22,750 5.9 % $17.34 $36,070 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.44 $13.34 $16.32 $20.23 $25.40
Annual Wage (2) $23,790 $27,750 $33,950 $42,080 $52,840


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 20,390 5.42 $17.39 $36,170
Employment Services 820 0.03 $15.23 $31,690
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 590 0.15 $17.05 $35,460
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.26 $17.52 $36,440
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.04 $18.01 $37,470

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 20,390 5.42 $17.39 $36,170
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.26 $17.52 $36,440
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 590 0.15 $17.05 $35,460
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.04 $18.01 $37,470
Employment Services 820 0.03 $15.23 $31,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 30 0.01 $22.73 $47,270
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.04 $18.01 $37,470
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.26 $17.52 $36,440
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 20,390 5.42 $17.39 $36,170
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 590 0.15 $17.05 $35,460


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 5,640 0.38 2.23 $17.17 $35,710
Texas 3,610 0.33 1.93 $17.41 $36,220
Oregon 2,660 1.62 9.44 $16.50 $34,320
Arizona 1,550 0.63 3.64 $17.51 $36,420
Washington 1,080 0.38 2.23 $18.01 $37,450




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 2,660 1.62 9.44 $16.50 $34,320
Maine 370 0.63 3.67 $16.64 $34,610
Arizona 1,550 0.63 3.64 $17.51 $36,420
Utah 670 0.54 3.14 (8) (8)
Washington 1,080 0.38 2.23 $18.01 $37,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 480 0.06 0.37 $20.25 $42,130
New York (8) (8) (8) $19.82 $41,230
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $18.93 $39,380
Washington 1,080 0.38 2.23 $18.01 $37,450
North Carolina 820 0.21 1.22 $17.72 $36,860





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 3,530 3.44 20.03 $17.08 $35,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,280 2.45 14.29 $17.52 $36,450
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,840 2.15 12.52 $19.21 $39,950
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,520 0.85 4.96 $17.47 $36,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.41 2.39 $16.34 $34,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.21 1.24 $15.68 $32,610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.48 2.80 $16.38 $34,070
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 520 0.40 2.35 $16.87 $35,090
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.50 2.90 $20.26 $42,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 330 0.12 0.69 $16.96 $35,280




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 3,530 3.44 20.03 $17.08 $35,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,280 2.45 14.29 $17.52 $36,450
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,840 2.15 12.52 $19.21 $39,950
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,520 0.85 4.96 $17.47 $36,340
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.50 2.90 $20.26 $42,150
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.48 2.80 $16.38 $34,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.41 2.39 $16.34 $34,000
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 520 0.40 2.35 $16.87 $35,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.21 1.24 $15.68 $32,610
Salt Lake City, UT 100 0.16 0.92 $12.19 $25,350




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.50 2.90 $20.26 $42,150
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,840 2.15 12.52 $19.21 $39,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $18.92 $39,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,280 2.45 14.29 $17.52 $36,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,520 0.85 4.96 $17.47 $36,340
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.43 $36,250
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 0.88 $17.42 $36,240
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 0.28 $17.27 $35,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,530 3.44 20.03 $17.08 $35,520
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 0.50 $17.07 $35,510


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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