The government and the semiconductor industry promise to bring good jobs to American workers. But the evidence suggests that many of the new jobs may be low-wage and low-quality.
The White House 100-Day report on resilient supply chains cites an average salary for semiconductor workers of $163,871.
But averages can be misleading: this figure includes professional and management salaries along with lower wages of frontline production workers.
Today, in the United States, jobs in production that require only high school or a GED, including production worker and machine operator, have salary ranges from as little as $21,700 to $54,750, according to a semiconductor trade association. With an associates degree, semiconductor process technicians can expect to earn between $28,320 to $70,320. Clearly, many of these jobs will not deliver the good family-sustaining salaries that host communities expect or deserve.