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Category: All | Case Status | Country | Visa | Job Title | Occupation | Industry | Work City | Work State
RankJob TitleGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1Software Developers, Applications37,615$107,861
2Computer Systems Analysts8,083$103,673
3Software Developers, Systems Software7,566$127,604
4Electronics Engineers, Except Computer3,471$118,070
5Computer and Information Systems Managers2,639$144,949
6Computer Systems Analyst2,445$81,485
7Network and Computer Systems Administrators1,626$96,384
8Accountants and Auditors1,608$83,210
9Software Developer, Applications1,474$101,205
10Mechanical Engineers1,328$91,947
11Marketing Managers1,280$141,230
13Management Analysts1,125$122,882
14Electrical Engineers1,120$97,483
15Financial Analysts1,032$126,990
16Database Administrators952$96,162
17Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers944$19,977
18Financial Managers934$153,668
19Industrial Engineers794$92,774
20Internists, General788$206,618
20Sales Engineers788$120,481
20Computer Occupations, All Other788$109,604
23Butchers and Meat Cutters718$21,636
24Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists657$67,155
25Architectural and Engineering Managers631$132,349
26Software Engineer629$89,053
27Materials Engineers601$115,620
28Physicians and Surgeons, All Other600$243,641
29COOKS, FAST FOOD586$18,466
30Meat, Poultry and Fish Cutters and Trimmers584$18,362
31Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food579$17,045
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners567$17,230
33Software Developer514$88,114
34Assistant Professor485$94,793
35General Laborer432$25,240
37Civil Engineers408$84,780
38Computer Network Architects403$117,706
39Chefs and Head Cooks386$48,583
40Computer Programmers383$81,643
41Cooks, Restaurant348$26,200
42General and Operations Managers341$143,204
44Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers332$110,486
45Information Security Analysts322$120,008
46Software Developer, Systems Software321$101,339
47Programmer Analyst314$86,561
48Business Teachers, Postsecondary299$125,121
49Slaughterers and Meat Packers282$19,855
Note: To obtain employment based green card in United States, most foreign workers will have to go through 3 steps: 1). Permanent Labor Certification(ETA Form 9089), 2). Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker(Form I-140), 3). Adjust of Status to a permanent resident of the United States(Form I485).

The above report lists the top Job Title who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2016. The Green Card Petitions on the report is the number of permanent labor certifications for Green Card filed under PERM. The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications. The Average Salary is the average proffered salary on ETA Form 9089.

A permanent labor certification issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) allows an employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States. Once received (if required), the employer then files an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the appropriate employment-based preference category.

The Department of Labor must certify to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that 1). there are no qualified Americian workers(U.S. Citizens or permanent residents) able, willing, qualified and available to accept the job at the prevailing wage for that occupation in the area of intended employment, 2) employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed American workers, like U.S. citizents or permanent residents.

Sometimes the green card sponsors did not enter a specific salary on ETA Form 9089, but used a salary range with minimum and maximum salary. Our algorithm uses the middle point of the range to calculate the average salary. Please review the certification details to understand the salary range.

For example, the first three records on this report mean that in fiscal year 2016, 37,615 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Applications. The average salary of those 37,615 permanent labor certifications was $107,861. 8,083 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Computer Systems Analysts. The average salary of those 8,083 permanent labor certifications was $103,673. 7,566 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Systems Software. The average salary of those 7,566 permanent labor certifications was $127,604.

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