H1B minimum wage or LCA prevailing wage for a position in an area in USA?

by Kumar · 134 comments

One of the biggest things of concern when you apply for Labor Condition Application ( LCA ) or apply for H1B visa in a particular area is the minimum wage or prevailing wage in that area. It is very important and many H1B visa holders or students willing to get a new H1B visa look for this information.  You have to make sure you are not working below the minimum or prevailing wage in that geographic location for your particular position. This website for Foreign Labor Certification Data Center maintains the information for prevailing wage and is pretty standard to get a baseline of prevailing wage.  The website is reliable as it is built and maintained by the State of Utah under contract with the US Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification.  Here are screenshots of how to look for prevailing wage.

Just go to the homepage of Foreign Labor Certification Data Center and select the search wizard.

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Select the options of All categories , Area or City you live in  and Job title  you are looking for

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Once you are done, finally it shows the wage. It looks something like this : Make sure your LCA is at least above the wage specified here. It is kind of a baseline.

Final_step

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Easwar July 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

http://www.flcdatacenter.com/download/NPWHC_Guidance_Revised_11_2009.pdf

“An indicator that the job request warrants a wage determination at Level II\III would be a requirement for years of education and/or experience that are generally required as described in the O*NET Job Zones.” I searched the Onet site on how it is decided which level we belong to and din’t get any detail. Eg: Is there a process how DOL decides that a 8+ yrs experiences should goto a Level III and 4-8 Years Experienced should goto Level II etc..? Or is it decided by the Employer? I am trying to understand the logic behind Level decider for a “15-1121.00 – Computer Systems Analysts” based upon work Experience.

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