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2020 Green Card Report: Top Occupation

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RankOccupationGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1Software Developers, Applications27,927$117,979
2Software Developers, Systems Software10,176$136,009
3Computer Systems Analysts7,487$116,354
4Computer Occupations, All Other5,078$115,381
5Electronics Engineers, Except Computer2,688$127,204
6Statisticians2,140$119,722
7Accountants and Auditors1,711$87,088
8Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers1,574$21,897
9Mechanical Engineers1,573$95,200
10Computer and Information Systems Managers1,520$164,871
11Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1,486$37,435
12Network and Computer Systems Administrators*1,270$103,714
13Management Analysts1,141$117,193
14Financial Analysts1,134$125,425
15Marketing Managers981$143,194
16Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists*978$75,750
17Electrical Engineers961$98,486
18Sales Engineers837$125,866
19Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers827$23,853
20Cooks, Restaurant768$28,861
21Database Administrators753$105,385
22Industrial Engineers740$97,631
23Internists, General683$235,138
24Civil Engineers572$83,355
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners550$22,712
26General and Operations Managers497$126,034
27Materials Engineers490$118,157
28Financial Managers470$163,402
29Computer Programmers458$85,269
30Business Teachers, Postsecondary442$138,782
31Physicians and Surgeons, All Other421$291,569
32Information Security Analysts409$125,946
33Home Health Aides384$24,124
34Architectural and Engineering Managers382$146,924
35Logisticians355$87,739
36Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food342$18,357
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks327$39,669
38Multimedia Artists and Animators323$114,486
39Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists313$57,140
40Computer Network Architects311$122,435
41Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners310$23,163
42Chefs and Head Cooks304$51,007
43First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers299$36,723
44Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers296$113,321
45Packers and Packagers, Hand294$21,859
46Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive290$35,815
47Industrial Production Managers283$113,696
48Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand277$22,744
49Sales Managers267$130,659
50Food Preparation Workers252$21,920
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 2019. 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 2019, 27,927 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Applications. The average salary of those 27,927 permanent labor certifications was $117,979. 10,176 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Systems Software. The average salary of those 10,176 permanent labor certifications was $136,009. 7,487 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Computer Systems Analysts. The average salary of those 7,487 permanent labor certifications was $116,354.

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