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2022 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, Applications26,077$128,515
2Software Developers, Systems Software10,756$144,582
3Computer Systems Analysts6,363$122,262
5Electronics Engineers, Except Computer2,133$137,316
6Information Technology Project Managers2,011$129,752
7Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers1,472$111,692
8Computer and Information Systems Managers1,440$180,880
9Mechanical Engineers1,168$102,710
10Financial Analysts1,062$136,393
11Network and Computer Systems Administrators1,008$108,658
12Management Analysts994$145,060
13Electrical Engineers931$107,198
15Software Developer, Applications762$118,227
16Marketing Managers760$155,078
17Sales Engineers742$131,150
18Software Developer704$100,983
19Landscape Laborer686$24,477
20Industrial Engineers678$101,782
21TRUCK DRIVER676$39,552
23Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers618$28,463
24Database Administrators597$110,026
25Information Security Analysts556$135,170
27Materials Engineers529$128,433
28Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists490$48,125
29Internists, General476$252,784
30Civil Engineers454$90,689
31Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food452$19,301
32Physicians and Surgeons, All Other436$310,623
33Architectural and Engineering Managers411$158,360
34Business Intelligence Analysts409$113,494
35Computer Systems Analyst396$107,715
36Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers387$24,241
38Computer Hardware Engineers376$151,759
39Computer Systems EngineersArchitects373$119,221
40General and Operations Managers372$135,418
41Computer Network Architects367$129,431
42Cooks, Restaurant332$29,651
43Computer Programmers325$93,031
44Software Engineer321$102,987
45Logistics Managers315$122,767
46Business Teachers, Postsecondary313$139,989
47Packers and Packagers, Hand301$26,779
48Multimedia Artists and Animators290$122,196
49Accountants and Auditors280$87,106
50Sales Managers277$143,731
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 2021. 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 2021, 26,077 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Applications. The average salary of those 26,077 permanent labor certifications was $128,515. 10,756 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Software Developers, Systems Software. The average salary of those 10,756 permanent labor certifications was $144,582. 6,363 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Computer Systems Analysts. The average salary of those 6,363 permanent labor certifications was $122,262.

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