Semiconductor Engineer Salary
Semiconductor Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $95K per year. The vast majority of Semiconductor Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, Semiconductor Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Semiconductor Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Semiconductor Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $79K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $95K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $108K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $120K on average.
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