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Green Card Report: Top Occupations

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RankOccupationGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1IT and Math62,696$140,449
2Architecture and Engineering8,531$123,272
3Business and Finance6,303$117,294
6Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance3,581$27,070
7Transportation and Material Moving3,490$37,202
8Food Preparation and Serving3,099$28,888
9Healthcare Support2,902$31,733
11Education, Training, and Library1,999$84,111
13Office and Administrative Support1,408$37,736
14Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media1,188$94,040
15Life, Physical, and Social science1,033$103,395
16Personal Care and Service989$29,605
17Construction and Extraction959$40,605
18Farming, Fishing and Forestry614$29,786
19Installation, Maintenance and Repair526$53,853
21Community and Social services229$49,324
22Protective Service18$28,384

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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 Occupations 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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, 62,696 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were IT and Math. The average salary of those 62,696 permanent labor certifications was $140,449. 8,531 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Architecture and Engineering. The average salary of those 8,531 permanent labor certifications was $123,272. 6,303 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Business and Finance. The average salary of those 6,303 permanent labor certifications was $117,294.