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2018 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, Applications30,126$110,114
2Computer Systems Analysts8,690$100,269
3Software Developers, Systems Software7,163$129,184
4Electronics Engineers, Except Computer2,709$119,344
5Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers2,491$20,845
6Computer Occupations, All Other2,474$108,013
7Computer and Information Systems Managers1,877$153,591
8Network and Computer Systems Administrators*1,454$98,111
9Accountants and Auditors1,365$81,514
10Mechanical Engineers1,332$91,063
12Marketing Managers1,167$140,558
13Management Analysts1,057$119,855
14Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists*952$65,295
15Financial Analysts950$119,658
16Database Administrators912$99,539
17Electrical Engineers867$96,473
18Financial Managers798$147,705
19Cooks, Restaurant773$27,496
20Sales Engineers707$118,541
21Internists, General698$220,945
22Packers and Packagers, Hand692$19,370
23Industrial Engineers659$92,249
24Computer Programmers655$83,353
25Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food563$18,074
26Physicians and Surgeons, All Other552$262,662
27Materials Engineers471$109,723
28Chefs and Head Cooks448$47,988
29Architectural and Engineering Managers430$131,715
30Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers428$107,950
31Civil Engineers410$81,980
32General and Operations Managers404$123,562
33Business Teachers, Postsecondary380$127,914
34Sales Managers344$129,481
35Home Health Aides334$21,133
36Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse327$19,294
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks323$39,341
38Information Security Analysts298$118,769
39Helpers--Production Workers283$17,623
40Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education282$50,620
41Computer Network Architects272$120,806
43Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education260$50,375
44Dentists, General259$129,132
45Graphic Designers254$53,061
47Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary245$86,182
48Multimedia Artists and Animators243$101,302
49Industrial Production Managers242$111,401
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 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, 30,126 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Applications. The average salary of those 30,126 permanent labor certifications was $110,114. 8,690 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Computer Systems Analysts. The average salary of those 8,690 permanent labor certifications was $100,269. 7,163 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Systems Software. The average salary of those 7,163 permanent labor certifications was $129,184.

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