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Semiconductor Industry Statistics (UK, USA, China, Global Stats)

Written by, Adavelli Muninder

Updated June, 3, 2022

The future of the digital (for now) heavily depends on the semiconductor industry. 

Unfortunately, this industry, which makes components for the technologies we all depend on, has been battling shortages for more than two years.

So, what is the semiconductor industry outlook now? What are the latest semiconductor industry trends and what is the semiconductor industry size?

Let’s look at the semiconductor industry statistics to find out.

Top 10 Semiconductor Industry Statistics in the UK, US, and China

  • The semiconductor industry shipped a record 1.15 trillion semiconductor chips in 2021.
  • TSMC is the largest semiconductor chip manufacturer in the world, with a market cap of $600 billion. 
  • Some hybrid electric vehicles have as many as 3,500 semiconductor chips.
  • Semiconductor sales in 2022 increased by 23%.
  • The industry grew by 6.5% in revenue during the first year of the pandemic. 
  • Women make up 10.7% of semiconductor engineers.
  • 68.1% of all semiconductor engineers are White. 
  • The semiconductor industry is expected to generate $676 billion by 2022. 
  • The US has dominated the semiconductor industry since the late 1990s.
  • US semiconductor manufacturing capacity has dropped by more than 10% of the market share.

General Semiconductor Industry Statistics 

1. The semiconductor industry shipped a record 1.15 trillion semiconductor chips in 2021.

(Semiconductor Industry Association)

In 2021, the industry sold 1.15 trillion semiconductor units, as chip manufacturers increased production to meet the high demand amid the worldwide chip shortage.

2. Some hybrid electric vehicles have as many as 3,500 semiconductor chips.

(CRS Reports) 

On average, cars have around 3,000 semiconductor chips, but some hybrid electric vehicles have more. 

3. TSMC is the largest semiconductor chip manufacturer in the world, with a market cap of $600 billion.

(Visual Capitalist)

TSMC and Samsung are the only semiconductor manufacturing companies that can produce the most advanced 5 nm chip used by Nvidia, Intel, and Apple. The Taiwanese company is also looking to begin commercial production of 3nm chips in the second part of 2022.

Top 10 biggest semiconductor companies by market cap

Company Market shareCountry
TSMC54%Taiwan
Samsung17%South Korea
UMC7%Taiwan
GlobalFoundries7%U.S.
SMIC5%China
HH Grace1%China
PSMC1%Taiwan
VIS1%Taiwan
DB HiTek1%China
Tower Semiconductor1%Israel
Other companies5%N/A

4. Semiconductor sales in Q1 of 2022 increased by 23%.

(Semiconductor Industry Association)

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) revealed that the semiconductor industry raked in $151.7 billion in sales in Q1 of 2022, which is a jump of 23% in the first quarter of 2021 and a drop of 0.5% compared to Q4 of 2021.

Sales for March 2022 totaled $50.6 billion, an increase of 1.1% from the previous month. 

5. The industry grew by 6.5% in revenue during the first year of the pandemic. 

(Kidder Matthews)

After a drop of 12.1% in revenue in 2019, due to an oversupply of DRAM memory, the semiconductor industry’s revenue increased by 6.5% to $439 billion in 2020.

Demographic Statistics

6. Women make up 10.7% of semiconductor engineers.

(Zippia)

There are significantly fewer semiconductor engineers that identify as women, compared to men. 89.3% of semiconductor engineers in the US are men, and less than 11% of women.

 Incidentally, that’s the lowest percentage of women semiconductor engineers recorded in a year in the last decade. On average, that number fluctuated between 13% and 16% from 2010 to 2019.

7. Female semiconductor engineers earn 95 cents for every dollar earned by men.

(Zippia)  

On average, male engineers in the US earn an income of around $98,934. Their female counterparts’ income is lower – women who work as semiconductor engineers have an income of around $94,255.

8. 68.1% of all semiconductor engineers are White. 

(Zippia)

More than half of all semiconductor engineers are White. Only 16% of semiconductor engineers are Asian and 9.8% are Hispanic or Latino.

Semiconductor Industry Market Statistics

9. The semiconductor chip shortage resulted in a revenue loss of $500 billion worldwide. 

(Deloitte)

Semiconductor shortage data shows that the struggles the companies have been facing have led to a revenue loss of more than half a billion dollars between the semiconductor industry and the industry of its customers. 

The bottleneck in production also ended up losing the industry $210 billion in auto sales in 2021 alone. 

10. The semiconductor capital expenditure is projected to grow by 24% in 2022.

(Semiconductor- Digest)

In 2021, the semiconductor industry growth rate surged by 36% to $153.9 billion in capital spending and is forecast to rise by 24% in 2022 to a new all-time high of $190.4 billion.

11. The semiconductor industry is expected to generate $676 billion by 2022. 

(Statista) 

In 2021, the global semiconductor industry reached $595 billion in revenue, up from $470.89 billion in 2018. 

12. Only three industries are expected to drive 70% of the growth in the semiconductor market.

(McKinsey & Company)

The strongest-growing segments in the semiconductor market are wireless, computation and data storage, and automotive. The automotive segment is expected to be the main driving force behind the semiconductor market growth, where the demand for chips might triple due to production in e-mobility and autonomous cars.

13. In 2021, revenue from analog semiconductor sales reached $74.11 billion. 

(Statista)

In 2021, the global market for analog semiconductor components was worth nearly $75 billion. According to the semiconductor market forecast for 2022, it is expected to rise to $84.54 billion, an increase of 14%, compared to 2021. 

14. Foundry capital spending went up to $53 billion in 2021.

(Statista)

In 2021, foundry capital spending was $53 billion, an increase of 42% compared to 2020. 

Here are the recorded capital spending in the semiconductor industry from 2019 to 2021, by product type:

Type of product 201920202021
Foundry $26.2 billion$37.3 billion$53 billion
Flash/Non-volatile$22.6 billion$24.6 billion$27.9 billion
DRAM/SRAM$19.1 billion$17.9 billion$24 billion
MPU/MCU$16.9 billion$16.5 billion$23.5 billion
Logic$8.5 billion $8.8 billion$12.4 billion
Analog/Other$9 billion $7.9 billion $11.2 billion

15. Samsung reclaimed the global semiconductor sales crown in 2021, with a value of about $83.09 billion.

(Statista) 

The largest semiconductor companies are Samsung and Intel. In 2021, Samsung reclaimed the industry leadership position with worldwide semiconductor sales of about $83.09 billion. In 2021, Intel ranked second, with a revenue of $75.55 billion.

Semiconductor market share statistics by country

16. The sales value of semiconductor diodes by UK manufacturers reached nearly £185.67 million.  

(Statista)

In 2020, British semiconductor diode sales reached £185.67 million, up from £176.22 million in 2019.

17. The UK sales of semiconductor parts amounted to £14.06 million in 2020. 

(Statista)

In 2020, the sales of parts of semiconductor devices reached £14.06 million. This category includes parts of transistors, diodes, and other semiconductor devices, as well as photovoltaic cells and light-emitting diodes.

18. The semiconductor industry in China grew by 30.6% in 2020.

(Semiconductor Industry Association)

According to SIA and their semiconductor market research, the semiconductor industry in China registered an annual growth rate of 30.6% and reached $39.8 billion in total annual sales in 2020. 

China’s strong performance helped it capture 9% of the global semiconductor industry in 2020.

19. In 2021, The Asia Pacific semiconductor industry market size was $244.49 billion.

(Fortune Business Insights)

The Asia Pacific semiconductor market size grew from $230.45 billion in 2020 to nearly $245 billion the next year. The market is expected to continue to grow and double its worth in 2029.

20. The US has dominated the semiconductor industry since the late 1990s.

 (CRS Reports) (Semiconductor Industry Association)

In 2019, sales from U.S.-based chipmakers accounted for almost half (with a semiconductor industry market share of 47%) of the $412 billion global market. Two years later, semiconductor companies in the US accounted for 46% of the global market, totaling $258 billion.

21. US semiconductor manufacturing capacity has dropped by more than 10% of the market share.

(Semiconductor Industry Association)

The share of U.S. semiconductor manufacturing capacity in the United States has decreased by more than 10% over the last 8 years as more countries around the world joined the market.

Semiconductor industry overview for 2021

RegionShare of manufacturing capacity
U.S.43.2%
Singapore 18.3%
Taiwan9.7%
Europe9.6%
Japan8.8%
China5.5%
Others 4.9%

Bottom Line

The semiconductor industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. According to the semiconductor industry market size statistics, the numbers show that the industry is going to continue to grow due to an anticipated rise in demand, especially after the shortage in 2020 and 2021. 
Currently, the biggest players are the US and China, according to semiconductor industry statistics, and the sole leader in the semiconductor industry is Samsung.

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