For Wafer Fab Operators, hourly average wages total $14.50 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. More than half of Wafer Fab Operators (65 percent) survey respondents are men. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,970 - $42,500
(Median)
$
$35K
$
MEDIAN: $34,983
50%

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$11.85 - $20.01
(Median)
$12
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$34,984  
   
Bonus
$1,300  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$25,841 - $46,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $20.01  
   
Overtime
$15.79 - $24.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$1,300  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$25,841 - $46,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $32K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $36K. For Wafer Fab Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $37K.

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Experience Affects Wafer Fab Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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