The median annual wage of semiconductor processors was $33,130 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent of semiconductor processors earned less than $23,300, and the top 10 percent earned more than $48,260.
Processors employed in the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry earned $32,880 in May 2010.
Most employees work full time, but some have variable schedules. Because semiconductor factories, also known as fabricating plants, run around the clock, night and weekend work is common for these workers. Although some plants schedule workers for the standard 40-hour week (8-hour shifts, 5 days a week), others schedule workers in 12-hour shifts to minimize disrupting the clean room.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition