Principal Engineer, Semiconductor Salary

A Principal Engineer, Semiconductor earns an average salary of $130,173 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$95,727 - $163,806
MEDIAN: $130,173

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$100,558 - $185,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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Job Description for Principal Engineer, Semiconductor

Semiconductors are crucial components of modern technology and are used in a variety of devices and settings. They are highly technical and require a great deal of skill to design and innovate, and a principle engineer working with semiconductors is responsible for multiple projects at once, as well as oversight of other engineers and the products they are designing. They must be able to carefully analyze the work of other engineers and make suggestions and corrections when necessary.


Principal Engineer, Semiconductor Tasks

  • Maintain and repair semiconductor process equipment.
  • Inspect completed projects to ensure conformance with design standards.
  • Design, maintain, implement, and improve electrical instruments and equipment.
  • Advise process staff and vendors on aspects of semiconductor process technology.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Semiconductor Salaries

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Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Semiconductor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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Years of Experience

1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 4%