Semiconductor Engineer Salary
Median pay for Semiconductor Engineers in the United States is around $96K per year. Most Semiconductor Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Semiconductor Engineers are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Salary||$68,883 - $133,000|
|Bonus||$503 - $14,899|
|Total Pay (||$69,750 - $141,526|
Job Description for Semiconductor Engineer
Semiconductor engineers generally work with semiconductors, which are devices which conduct heat between a conductor and insulator. They also work directly or indirectly with computers to develop, test, and implement semiconductors for everyday use and are responsible for identifying and resolving a variety of problems which may arise.Read More...
Semiconductor engineers are often tasked with custom-designing semiconductors for companies which may want specifically requested items. Through processes called wafer bonding and etching, these engineers create the desired pathways atop the silicon wafer that will make up the semiconductor as a whole when the product is finished.
A bachelor’s degree in engineering with an emphasis in computers may be required for this position, and some employers may also prefer those with a background in software engineering. Aspiring semiconductor engineers may benefit highly from internships with experienced engineers in the field to gain some on-the-job experience. Diligence and interpersonal skills are important in this position, as these engineers have frequent contact with employees of product manufacturing companies in order to relay information.
Semiconductor Engineer Tasks
- Research, design, develop, test, and integrate semiconductor-related systems, software, structures, interfaces, and modules.
- Review specification documents.
- Provide engineering software support.
- Identify and remedy software inconsistencies.
Pay by Experience Level for Semiconductor Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Semiconductor Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $77K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $95K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. Semiconductor Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $120K on average.
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