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

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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  • Rakesh Mar 12, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,

    I have a situation related to the LCA wage level determination for which I need some expert advice…

    Sometime in 2012, my current employeer assinged me as the IT Project manager for an assignment and the LCA role was Project manager with wage level 3. During that time I had around 11-12 years of total IT experience out of which 1-2 years of Project management.

    Now after 3 years with the same employer, when I am being assigned as the Project Manager for a different project, they are mentioning the wage level as 2 due to which the minimum wage is going down drastically. By now I have added another 3 years to me PM experience and also I have completed the PMP certification. So I would think instead of lowering the wage level it should have been increased from level 3 to 4 rather.

    Can someone pls let me know if it is appropriate to do so. If not, how and where I can raise my concern on this.

    Thanks in advance
    Rakesh

    • NIKHIL Jul 21, 2015 Reply

      You must be working for some Indian IT company! It’s common for them to do it. If HR is sensitive, they should be able to help you out otherwise you may need to speak with some lawyer.

  • raman Feb 10, 2015 Reply

    I found good info on salarytalk.org/search on base wage paid by employers across USA

  • Easwar Jul 16, 2014 Reply

    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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