Wafer Fab Operator Salary

Median pay for Wafer Fab Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.56 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.06 per hour on the lower end to $24.36 on the higher end. More than half of Wafer Fab Operators (69 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a majority have vision insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12.06 - $24.36
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $24.36  
   
Overtime
$15.72 - $33.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,564  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,312 - $57,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Wafer Fab Operator

Wafer fab operators manage machines which create microchips for electronic devices such as computers and cell phones, and also work with a variety components and materials relating to semiconductors and integrated circuits.

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Wafer Fab Operator Tasks

  • Report problems with equipment, materials and environment.
  • Calibrate and operate wafer processing equipment, checking for quality and measurements.
  • Follow clean room procedures and guidelines.
  • Log hours, materials and equipment information.

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Pay by Experience Level for Wafer Fab Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $32K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $33K. Wafer Fab Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Wafer Fab Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Wafer Fab Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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