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2019 Green Card Report: Top Occupation

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RankOccupationGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1Software Developers, Applications31,377$116,996
2Software Developers, Systems Software11,456$132,397
3Computer Systems Analysts9,923$109,985
4Computer Occupations, All Other5,116$112,679
5Electronics Engineers, Except Computer3,312$123,686
6Statisticians2,255$110,398
7Computer and Information Systems Managers2,134$158,748
8Accountants and Auditors2,063$82,716
9Mechanical Engineers1,890$92,345
10Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers1,850$21,052
11Network and Computer Systems Administrators*1,846$99,852
12Marketing Managers1,465$138,348
13Management Analysts1,287$119,532
14Electrical Engineers1,284$97,419
15Financial Analysts1,282$121,496
16Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists*1,216$66,924
17Database Administrators1,068$101,494
18Cooks, Restaurant1,045$27,800
19Sales Engineers969$117,987
20Industrial Engineers915$94,779
21Financial Managers900$156,656
22Internists, General826$223,796
23Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers699$36,918
24Civil Engineers698$81,925
25Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers629$23,187
26Physicians and Surgeons, All Other615$285,008
27General and Operations Managers570$123,113
28Materials Engineers562$110,983
29Computer Programmers561$83,118
30Packers and Packagers, Hand556$20,263
31Architectural and Engineering Managers542$136,919
31Business Teachers, Postsecondary542$128,648
33Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers533$113,860
34Information Security Analysts494$124,650
35Chefs and Head Cooks450$48,026
36Home Health Aides429$22,661
37Sales Managers423$131,124
38Multimedia Artists and Animators419$104,995
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks415$39,275
40Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners386$19,778
41Logisticians365$82,873
42Slaughterers and Meat Packers342$22,224
43Lawyers327$168,021
44Industrial Production Managers326$113,764
45Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse317$19,840
46Computer Network Architects314$119,887
47Dentists, General306$126,642
48Construction Managers284$100,217
49Architects, Except Landscape and Naval279$73,600
49First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers279$51,326
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 Occupation who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2018. 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 2018, 31,377 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Applications. The average salary of those 31,377 permanent labor certifications was $116,996. 11,456 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Systems Software. The average salary of those 11,456 permanent labor certifications was $132,397. 9,923 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Computer Systems Analysts. The average salary of those 9,923 permanent labor certifications was $109,985.

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