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2018 Green Card Report: Top Work State

Category: All | Case Status | Country | Visa | Job Title | Occupation | Industry | Work City | Work State
RankWork StateGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1California22,721$119,165
2Texas13,036$89,906
3New York7,329$107,979
4New Jersey7,303$97,934
5Washington5,083$127,222
6Florida4,023$80,208
7Georgia3,582$72,057
8Illinois3,421$98,614
9Michigan3,192$91,357
10Massachusetts3,076$106,295
11Virginia2,787$89,613
12North Carolina2,709$66,785
13Pennsylvania2,079$102,910
14Ohio1,581$90,960
15Maryland1,375$85,044
16Arizona1,017$91,780
17Minnesota976$90,565
18Missouri963$74,132
19Oregon954$108,731
20Colorado816$92,511
21Wisconsin805$91,903
22Connecticut744$106,688
23Arkansas738$41,815
24Indiana715$95,872
25Tennessee539$83,824
26South Carolina460$58,910
27Iowa437$93,339
28Alabama425$61,825
29Delaware419$95,042
30Louisiana415$69,612
31Utah378$88,100
32Nebraska374$72,433
33District of Columbia361$100,668
34Kentucky337$104,321
35Kansas292$93,874
36Oklahoma241$78,050
37New Mexico218$82,187
38New Hampshire180$112,580
39Rhode Island179$103,358
40Nevada179$90,967
41Idaho133$87,060
42Hawaii100$79,664
43Mississippi91$117,497
44North Dakota89$154,763
45Maine84$120,459
46Vermont84$98,214
47West Virginia68$143,233
48South Dakota68$88,355
49Montana35$72,848
50Alaska33$86,375
51Wyoming26$134,025
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 Work State who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2017. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2017, 22,721 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 22,721 permanent labor certifications was $119,165. 13,036 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Texas. The average salary of those 13,036 permanent labor certifications was $89,906. 7,329 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York. The average salary of those 7,329 permanent labor certifications was $107,979.

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