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2017 Green Card Report: Top Occupation

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Category: All | Case Status | Country | Visa | Job Title | Occupation | Industry | Work City | Work State
RankOccupationGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1Software Developers, Applications43,057$106,525
2Computer Systems Analysts11,168$98,085
3Software Developers, Systems Software8,214$126,016
4Electronics Engineers, Except Computer3,804$117,124
5Computer and Information Systems Managers3,099$144,638
6Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers2,509$19,825
7Network and Computer Systems Administrators*2,066$94,563
8Accountants and Auditors2,059$79,842
9Mechanical Engineers1,682$90,248
10Marketing Managers1,532$138,429
11Electrical Engineers1,369$97,234
13Management Analysts1,335$117,359
14Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists*1,303$66,446
15Database Administrators1,240$94,282
16Financial Analysts1,219$122,828
17Internists, General1,102$211,366
18Financial Managers1,089$149,509
19Industrial Engineers924$91,437
20Sales Engineers910$119,017
21Computer Occupations, All Other900$107,969
22Cooks, Restaurant853$26,426
23Physicians and Surgeons, All Other785$244,127
24Architectural and Engineering Managers745$132,450
25Butchers and Meat Cutters731$21,841
26Materials Engineers684$113,305
27Computer Programmers681$82,250
28Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food677$17,031
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners662$17,321
30Chefs and Head Cooks627$49,080
31Cooks, Fast Food600$18,505
32Civil Engineers560$82,878
33Packers and Packagers, Hand545$23,636
34General and Operations Managers526$133,832
35Home Health Aides479$21,049
36Helpers--Production Workers476$17,243
37Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers469$106,816
38Business Teachers, Postsecondary464$124,301
39Computer Network Architects439$116,800
40Sales Managers354$122,453
41Information Security Analysts352$118,552
42Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education336$52,270
43Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary333$83,603
44Slaughterers and Meat Packers323$19,696
47Industrial Production Managers308$109,230
48Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education298$50,917
49Graphic Designers295$51,868
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 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, 43,057 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Applications. The average salary of those 43,057 permanent labor certifications was $106,525. 11,168 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Computer Systems Analysts. The average salary of those 11,168 permanent labor certifications was $98,085. 8,214 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Systems Software. The average salary of those 8,214 permanent labor certifications was $126,016.

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