Semiconductor Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $94K per year on average. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Semiconductor Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$69,176 - $121,423
MEDIAN: $93,588

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$69,176 - $121,423  
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$69,989 - $133,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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.


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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $80K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $95K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $107K on average. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $116K.

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Experience Affects Semiconductor Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Semiconductor Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.


13 %
88 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits