Average Principal Engineer, Semiconductor Salary

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The average salary for a Principal Engineer, Semiconductor is $138,799.
MEDIAN $138,799
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$99k - $178k
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$503 - $26k
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$104k - $199k

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Job Description for Principal Engineer, Semiconductor

Principal Engineer, Semiconductor Tasks
  • Design, maintain, implement, and improve electrical instruments and equipment.
  • Advise process staff and vendors on aspects of semiconductor process technology.
  • Maintain and repair semiconductor process equipment.
  • Inspect completed projects to ensure conformance with design standards.
The top respondents for the job title Principal Engineer, Semiconductor are from the companies GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Broadcom Corporation and NXP Semiconductors Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Intel Corporation where the average pay is $165,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Broadcom Corporation and Western Digital Corporation, earning around $152,507 and $138,111, respectively. GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. pays the lowest at around $99,605. Microchip Technology, Inc and NXP Semiconductors Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $100,000 and $118,856, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Principal Engineer, Semiconductor. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Principal Engineer, Semiconductor
Electrical Engineer
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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Semiconductor

Skills in Engineering Design, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, Verilog VHDL and C Programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++ Programming Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Engineer, Semiconductor

An early career Principal Engineer, Semiconductor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $104,161 based on 22 salaries. A mid-career Principal Engineer, Semiconductor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,408 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Principal Engineer, Semiconductor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $142,207 based on 182 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $147,033.
Employees with Principal Engineer, Semiconductor in their job title in Santa Clara, California earn an average of 11.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (8.2% more) and San Diego, California (7.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Albany, New York (28.0% less) and Chandler, Arizona (26.2% less).

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