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Guide to H1B Prevailing Wages, Wage Levels – Find Minimum Wage?

One of the key things that are important for H1B Visa approval and compliance is to have proper wages paid to the H1B worker. The minimum wage or salary for H1B workers is defined and set by the concept of ‘Wage Levels’. The wage levels for a job depend on some factors like experience, area, SOC Code, and location.

In this article, we review all the details of Wage Levels, how they are determined, and the importance of the same in H1B LCA for approval from USCIS.

Why do we have a minimum wage requirement for H1B LCA?

The reason for having a minimum wage for H1B workers, including the concept of wage levels by experience, is to make sure H1B workers are paid on par with the US workers and not exploited by employers as cheap labor. Also, the employers must provide similar working conditions like their fellow US workers. These requirements are put in place by the US Department of Labor to ensure that foreign workers are not exploited unfairly.

To meet these requirements, H1B employers must submit details such as listed below:

  • The position’s Wage level, which is based on the experience required for the position.
  • The location of the H1B Job
  • The Job title of the H1B Job.

Also, other information about the job is submitted for compliance as part of the Labor Condition Application ( LCA ) to the US Dept of Labor.

Background of Prevailing Wage Levels

The concept of Wage levels was first introduced in October 1997, where they introduced two skill levels:

  1. Level I for beginning-level employees
  2. Level II for fully competent employees.

While only these two levels worked well for some time, there were many issues in determining the wage for management roles and advanced judgment-based skills.

The concept of four wage levels for H1B LCAs was introduced in 2004 under the “H1B Visa Reform Act of 2004”. That’s how the H1B prevailing wage levels came into existence.

Now that you know the background, let’s look at the details.

What are H1B Wage Levels?

H1B Wage Level (or H1B prevailing wage) is the minimum wage a worker earns in a particular area for a particular job with a particular experience. The H1B wage levels are defined so that H1B workers are paid the prevailing wage based on education, experience, and location, similar to US workers.

H1B Wage Levels are defined by the US Department of Labor (DOL). They are based on the prevailing wage data collected under Occupational Employment Statistics(OES) Program, which is based on location, job title, experience, and a few other criteria.

Employers need to fill in the wage level data as part of the H1B LCA as part of the Labor Condition Application Process.

How are H1B Wage Levels defined? How many?

The US Department of Labor has divided the H1B Wage Levels into four, which is based on the OES program. They are named as below:

  • Wage Level I
  • Wage Level II
  • Wage Level II
  • Wage Level IV

Below is how the wage level field looks on an H1B LCA. Employers need to select one of the Wage Levels when they submit the LCA in the US DOL online system.

H1B Wage Levels in LCA - How they look?
H1B Wage Levels in LCA – How they look?

Each of the above wage levels is defined to reflect the experience of an H1B worker and represented as a percentile. If you are not familiar, ‘Percentile’ is not ‘Percentage’. Check Percentile Wikipedia to know more.

Below are the H1B wage levels definitions and their percentiles.

  • H1B Wage Level 1 – Entry: This wage level is for entry level H1B workers with basic understanding of job. This wage level corresponds to 17th Percentile.
  • H1B Wage Level 2 – Qualified: This wage level is for qualified workers with education, experience and who can perform moderate tasks with limited judgment. This wage level corresponds to 34th percentile.
  • H1B Wage Level 3 – Experienced: This wage level is for experienced workers who have deeper experience attained with education and experience. This level work requires judgment and may also manage people. This wage level corresponds to 50th percentile
  • H1B Wage Level 4 – Fully Competent: This wage level the most expert level of workers, who can do complex tasks and can exercise a lot of judgment in their activities. It may include management responsibilities too. This wage level corresponds to 67th percentile.

If we have to summarize in a simple table, it looks like below.

Prevailing Wage LevelH1B LCA Wage Percentile
Wage Level I17th percentile
Wage Level II34th  percentile
Wage Level III50th  percentile
Wage Level IV67th  percentile
Changes to Prevailing Wage Levels for H1B, PERM Programs

Determining H1B Prevailing Wage Levels

The US Department of Labor (DOL)  has official guidance on how the prevailing wage levels are set and what data is used for the same. Read Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance for complete information on the process of setting the wage levels and other key information that is relevant for minimum wage.

Prevailing Wage Requirement for H1B Visa Petition, LCA

It is the H1B employer’s responsibility to make sure the H1B worker is paid on par with the prevailing wage or minimum wage defined for the H1B job position, similar to a US worker working in a similar job. H1B workers cannot be paid below the minimum wage for the position offered in that area. It is based on various factors related to the job position offered like experience, geographic location, and education.

The minimum wage-related information for various job positions is available at  Foreign Labor Certification Data Center website. It is the online wage library for H1B workers to know the minimum wage for a position. The FLCDataCenter website is the official source of prevailing wage information and by the State of Utah under contract with the US Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification

How to check H1B Prevailing Wage Levels for LCA?

We will look at two options to check Prevailing Wage Levels for H1B LCAs, one is at FLCDataCenter.com website and other is at H1BGrader.com website that uses the same official FLCDatacenter.com website data. H1BGrader website has better UI and you can even check history as well.

Check H1B Prevailing Wage Levels for a Job, Location, History

Below is a step by step guide to find the H1B prevailing wage for a position in an area.

Step 1 : Navigate to H1BGrader.com Prevailing Wage Search Page

Step 2 : Enter the Job Title SOC Code and Area Name. You can start typing and you will get suggestions. Select them like below and hit on Search button.

Search on H1BGrader website

Step 3 : You will see the search results of the H1B Prevailing Wage Levels with a base salary that has to be paid to H1B worker for a particular wage level in that area. It looks like below.

H1B Wage Levels - Prevailing Wages Search info on H1BGrader Website
H1B Wage Levels – Prevailing Wages Search info on H1BGrader Website

You can even check the history of prevailing wages for H1B based on wage levels for the last 5 years. For that, you need to go to History of H1B Prevailing Wages and follow the same steps as above. It looks like below.

H1B Wage Levels History 5 years Search
H1B Wage Levels History 5 years Search

Now, let’s look at how you can check the prevailing wage on the official FLCDataCenter website. The UI is not the best.

How to find H1B Wage Levels using FLCDataCenter

Below is the step-by-step guide to find the minimum wage (prevailing wage) for an H1B job position using the FLCDatacenter.com website.

Step 1 – Navigate to FLCDataCenter website, Select Wage Search Wizard : Navigate to website Foreign Labor Certification Data Center and select the search wizard in the middle of the page. See below screenshot. You can also select Quick Search, if you want to directly go to search. The wizard lets you select state and let you go step by step.

FLCData Center Wage Search for H1B LCA
FLCData Center Wage Search for H1B LCA

Step 2 – Select Source, Area, Job Title: In this step you need to select the source, area and job title. As show in the below screenshot, select the options for the Source of the Database for Prevailing wage. If you are not sure, just select all industries.

You will need to select the Area where you will plan to work or your job location and then last option is to select the job title of the position or you can also chose to use the keyword option to enter, if you cannot find the job title. See below screenshot showed what you need to do step by step with numbers.

Select the Occupation from the List or Select based on Area - Keyword
Select the Occupation from the List or Select based on Area – Keyword

Step 3 – View the Details of Wage Levels : Once you select above options and hit search, you will get wage information like below. It will list all the wage levels and the minim wage for that wage level. One of the key things you need to ask your employer or  know is the wage level that is being field for your position. It is critical for your H1B position and approval with DOL and USCIS.   Also, you need to ask the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) code that they plan to use for the position. You will be able to see that info as well.

Wage Levels based Details for a Job Title in an Area
Wage Levels based Details for a Job Title in an Area

Where to find your current Wage Level in H1B LCA ?

You can find your current H1B Wage Level by looking at your H1B Labor Condition Application(LCA). It has all the information related to your H1B position. You can ask your employer to share a copy of the H1B LCA. In fact, they are supposed to share you a copy of your LCA.

To see the wage level info, you need to look at Section F, which tell the information of the Wage Level, Wage offered in that area and the Wage database year. See below screenshot of a Sample Form 9025 (LCA) that is generated by US Department of Labor FLAG system.

H1B Wage Levels Information on an LCA - Where to find it
H1B Wage Levels Information on an LCA – Where to find it

If you know the LCA number, you can search for your LCA online on websites like H1BGrader.com LCA Search, to view the LCA details. They get the data from US Dept of Labor H1B LCA disclosure page. You can also go to the DOL Performance Data Disclosure Page and download the excels and search for your case number. The problem is the files are in hundreds of megabytes and not consumable.

It is important to have the right wage level selected as cases with Computer Programmer Level 1 wage are not considered specialty occupation and do not qualify for H1B Visa as per the New Policy Memorandum in April 2017

What is H1B Prevailing Wage relationship for USCIS approval?

USCIS would look at the H1B application as a whole and as part of that, they would ensure that H1B worker is paid as per the prevailing wage. If there is any discrepancy, USCIS can report the wage violation for the employer to DOL or ask the employer why not paid on par with others.

What if my Employer not paying as per H1B LCA Prevailing Wage ?

Your employer is mandated to pay as per the wages and salary listed on the LCA. If they are not paying so, you can raise a complaint with Department of Labor by filling out WH4 Form.  First thing to do is to raise it with employer and ask them to pay back wages or pay as per LCA. If they do not say so, then you can raise a request with WH4 form on DOL website

Does the the Prevailing or Minimum Wage for H1B LCA vary by Year ?

Yes, it can. The prevailing wage is based on wage surveys conducted by OES and it is published every year. When they publish the wage data, you need to watch closely for changes. You can check H1B Prevailing Wages History to find the history of H1B wage data that is curated by H1Bgrader. You always need to use the most recent Prevailing wage as they mention on the FLCDataCenter website when you file new LCA.

Below is the full list of previous changes and news related to the H1B Wage Levels. These give you a context of how things progressed over the past few years.

H1B Lottery to be based on Wage Levels Rule Cancelled

In 2021, DHS published a final rule in Federal Register that changes the H1B Visa Lottery Selection process from random selection to be based on H1B Wage Levels. Later, a lawsuit was filed on this, and eventually, this was canceled by the court. Eventually, in December 2021, USCIS published a note indicating the withdrawal of the final rule. So, there are no changes to the H1B Lottery process, it will still continue to be based on random selection. Check full details at Check H1B Wage Levels for Lottery article.

Changes to Wage Levels Proposed & Cancelled by Court

In October 2020, there was an Interim Final Rule published by DOL to change the H1B, PERM prevailing wage levels to 45th, 62nd, 78th, and 95th percentile for Wage Level 1 to Wage Level 4. Later in December 2020, two courts issued orders to cancel the changes to wage levels as DOL did not follow proper notice and comment period. Eventually, DOL issued announcement cancelling the H1B, PERM Wage Levels Changes.

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  1. Hello Guys,

    Below is my scenario-
    As part of the new assignment , I relocated to city X where my LCA salary was higher than my company salary hence I was getting LCA salary. Now after 3 years while filing H1B extension they procured a new LCA .There was no change in my location, job code or the role but surprisingly the LCA wage got decreased by close to $20K. The only change was the change in my project. Also in this situation my company salary becomes higher than LCA salary .So my company is paying me as per my company salary . But in net I suffered a loss of $15 K due to the difference in LCA and company salary.
    Can there be any scenario where LCA wage decreases over time considering the current inflation and other things ?
    I am really tensed now because I am getting less salary now and finding it difficult to manage .Its like lowering your living standard . Please advise on the situation.

    • Truedreamz,
      Well, it is likely to have wages deflated in some cases, but not a very common thing though. Your salary should meet the LCA, that’s the key requirement. It has nothing to do with you as a person, but tied to the position.

  2. Hi,

    In LCA, my SOC Code is 15-1299.09. In my LCA “Wage Rate Paid to Nonimmigrant Workers” is from 94432.00 to 118800.00 and Prevailing wage is 94432.00 . I am negotiating with my employer for 140,000. Will there be any legal issue for employer to pay me more than higher range mentioned in my LCA i.e. 118800. Or Employer can pay me anything based on negotiation provided that it is more than prevailing wage. Salary Range mentioned in LCA is just a reference and does not factor in and will not create any problem if paid more. Can you please advise. Thanks.


  3. Hi My Employer has filed for my extension before the FLC data for 2022/2023 is updated. However, my visa is still in process. Now prevailing Wage for the same category has increased in my area for the same job code but my salary is with old LCA . Does my Employer needs to file new LCA ? Whats should be my next step

    • niki,
      The LCA is valid, if it was approved. if the salary goes up after approval, then it does not impact the old ones that are approved.

  4. Hello,
    Thanks for posting this useful information. Can you please help to answer these: my current LCA is with wage level 4 and on par with the prevailing wage in this State. Now my employer wants me to work in an additional location too in a different State. They plan to amend H-1B and before that to file a new LCA where they will mention locations in both States.
    My questions are: 1. Assuming LCA gets approved, in which State will I be required to work – the current one I am working in right now or the new location in the new State?
    2. Which prevailing wage will apply – the current one or the one in the new State?
    3. The new State has a higher prevailing wage for Level 4 which my employer may not be able to pay. Can we revert to wage level 3 in the new LCA? Employer is able to pay at Level 3 and salary will then be compliant with prevailing wages in both States. But is it allowed to go back to a lower level in LCA?

  5. Hi,

    I have a question on h1 wage level.

    Currently I am on Wage Level 3 and about to start renewal of my H-1B, as per latest wage level information, the level 3 wage increased and my salary would not fit into Level 3 Wage.

    Can my employer file my H-1B renewal with the current salary which comes under Level-2 ?

  6. Hi,
    I work in Colorado but my employer and the contract is based in Miami.
    After my H1B and 2 extensions with the same employer, the area code for the h1b documents continues to be in Miami, in which the minimum wage is lower than in Colorado.
    Any thoughts? Is that illegal?

  7. I received my H1b extension in Oct 2020. My petition was filed on prevailing wage Level 2. Now I have accepted an offer for the same OES/SOC job code in a different state. Due to the Oct 02 prevailing wage change law, my new salary only meets Level 1 wage and is short of $5k to meet Level 2.
    The job requires an experience between 2-7 years in the same field.
    I have worked in this field for over 4 years after my graduate degree.
    My question is does it affect my chances of getting my H1b transferred considering the change in the wage levels ?

  8. Hi Kumar,

    My H1B was picked in May 2019 and the wage level was Level-2 considering 2018 paylevel i.e. 74485 per annum. Now I’m going to travel in next one month, when I check the flc datacenter now the prevailing wage is 111k ( considering the change of Oct 8th 2020). If we consider the prevailing wage before Oct 8th 2020, it is 79500 per annum. My doubt is what shall my employ offer ( In general they offer only Wage level2 ) here which one will be considered ?

    • Ram,
      The LCA previously approved wage level and wage would be considered. The changes to the rules will not impact already approved wages or LCAs by DOL.

  9. There are other wage surveys available. Can those be used to file LCA?
    There is already an option in LCA form to tell whether the wage survey was OES survey or DBA/CBA , other surveys.

    • lca2020,
      Yes, you can use private wage surveys. It is definitely an option…Many are going to consider using this. The only thing is the audit and issues that DOL may create. Also, to get some of these wage surveys data, it is expensive.

    • Thanks Kumar!

      one more question. My LCA was filed on the name of service based company based out of US. ( No where client name is mentioned in the LCA). I will be working from the same location that is filed in LCA, but instead of client ‘X’, what happens if I need to work for client ‘Y’. There is no much change in the job duties of both the clients. Should I ask my employer to file any Amendment or something ?

      • Ram,
        LCA usually should have the client location listed on it as it is a requirement. This may or may not need amendment, only your attorney can tell. Check with them.

  10. A query regarding LCA wage. Apologies if this is not the right thread to ask.

    H1B Visa extension is in progress. For Wage Level 2, LCA received from Immigration team have prevailing wage as $72384 (this is in exact min wage mentioned for level 2 in DOL site) instead of the actual salary ($96K) of assignment. When contacted Immigration team, they have told me that, as per the latest legal guidelines, only prevailing wages would be updated, but not actual wages, and you will receive salary as per the assignment.
    Back in June 2020, I went through amendment process, LCA had $96K as per the assignment. Hence I’m confused now.

    Would like to check if anyone went through this? Also, does USCIS raise any concern about this ?

    • San,
      Yes, your employer is correct. It is standard practice. You are fine as long as your actual salary is equal to higher than prevailing wage.

  11. My H1b Is approved but is without the stamp. LCA had Wage level 2.
    Will the new restrictions have any affect my my VISA when I go to India for stamping?

  12. Hi My Employer has filed for my extension before the FLC data for 2020/2021 updated. However my visa is not yet approved and is in the process. Now prevailing Wage for the same category has increased in my area for the same job code. Will that impact my H1B processing does employer have to change the LCA if it is approved already. In this situation if it gets approved I may be stuck in the same wage category for next 3 years. Whats should be my next step

    • Vaibhav Shinde,
      Well, I am not sure…They may or may not ask for new LCA with higher wage.
      Discuss with your attorney.

  13. My salary will be 58k ,but prevailing wage in my area is 62k. My company hasn’t filed an LCA yet, but does LCA wage have to be exactly at prevailing wage? Is there any leeway in this?

      • Thanks for the reply! Is there any other sources for the prevailing wage other than flcdatacenter? The thing is even though my wage is little less than the prevailing wage, it is still more than all the other us citizen workers who are employed for the same position in my company. So by paying me 4k less than the prevailing wage, my company is not trying to get cheap labor to replace any us citizen.

        • John D,
          FLCData center is the legal source. All DOL cares is that you are paid at least what is listed in the prevailing wage, they do not compare with US workers one on one in your company. Speak to your company and see, if they can adjust it to make it higher.

          • Hi,

            My Initial H1B was filed with Wage Level 2. Can my wage level reduce to level 1 for the extension next year.

            Working with the same employer.

            Thank you.

        • my current LCA is 90K and moving to Illinois and LCA is 78K, does my employer have the right to change my previous salary (90K)to 78K ?
          is there any rule that should not be less than previous salary ?

          • Krishnb,
            It is not about salary, but if your location is not in commutable distance, they need to file new LCA and amendment as well, if the change is material.

  14. Hi,

    i work for Large US based IT/ Software consulting firm..I have an H1B from past many years (with same company), the SOC code were always been “15-1121 -computer System Analysts”, this time as part of H1B Extension, company has changed the SOC code with (15-1142 “Network and Computer Systems Administrators”), i know the code has been changed to make the LCA wages lower

    My question — Is it legal/official and possible to change the SOC code while filing H1B Extension, how can i prevent the SOC code from being changed..? (I want my extension to be done with older SOC code only, Please note LCA has already been procured

    I am on the same location, with same client (So it should be only Extension and not the Ext+amendment”, please advice

    • kvsonu,
      This is something you need to discuss with your employer and clarify…Usually, if any of your duties changes, then changes occur. If these SOC codes are related and the tasks are aligned, should be ok…Hard to give generic answer, talk to your attorney.

  15. What is the minimum salary/wages required to be paid by the employer to a graduate (Masters) industrial designer, in order to be eligible to apply for an h1b visa?

  16. Does LCA amount on H1B has to match W2? My LCA amount is 93600. My gross pay is 94600 which is above LCA amount and year end pay check shows gross pay as 94600. But W2 shows only 88600 because only that amount is taxed. Remaining amount is pretax medical insurance from my side (employee part of medical insurance). The medical insurance from my part shows in the paycheck. I asked my employer and he says LCA amount = Gross pay not what it shows on W2. But I’ m concerned.

    • Anything equal to or above LCA mentioned wage is fine. If your pay stubs add up to your LCA amount or higher, it should be fine. Taxation is a different thing vs how much you are paid.

  17. I have contract job offer from a consultancy. They are offering me very good hourly rate and I am interested in joining this job. They will file H1b as well. Contract duration is a year. I have some questions :

    1. Can my employer file my H1B on lower rate (it will be not be lower than LCA) what actual they are offering me? My employer says “They can’t file my H1B lower than what actual hour rate offered”, What if I want them to file at lower rate, is it possible?

    2. If my H1B get approves with this consultancy and contract ends provided that my employer don’t have any project for me, Can my next employer hire me on lower rate what is approved in H1B.

    3. I feel I might find some difficulty in finding next job, if my current employer don’t have any project and my H1B is approved with this employer with hourly rate (which is high). Should I accept this job offer with lower rate? So that my H1B is approved on a rate which can be accepted by other employer.

    Thank you

    • 1. Filing with wrong info can create issues in the long run. It is better to be compliant as per rules and indicate the actual rate you get paid. You anyways, will need to pay taxes, not sure, how it matters.
      2. Everything depends on the job role and if such changes occur, your employer has to file amendment accordingly…
      3. Well, it is your personal choice and decision…discuss with your H1B attorney and make an informed decision.

  18. Hello, thank you for the post.

    In my location level 1 wage is $65000 and level 2 wage is $74000, the mean wage is $81037 as per the site mentioned the above post. I am a recent masters graduate and now in my STEM OPT. I am working a full-time position at my employer site. My employer wants to file H1-B for a wage($65000 to $70000). My fear is I may get less pay wage RFE. Is it too risky to file for that wage? And which level is a wage of $70000 is considered as, level 1 or level 2?

    Thank you,

    • It depends on the position or job title. For instance, Level 1 computer programmers got many RFEs in the past…so, you need to discuss with attorney and file something that makes sense for your role and qualified as a speciality occupation.

  19. Hi Admin,
    A general question but getting contradictory information so need information–
    My H1B lottery got picked in year 2015 and I appeared for interview at Hyderabad. I got approval till October 2018. I never travelled to USA and soon it my H1B stamping will expire.
    Am I eligible for cap exempted renewal for 3/6 years? Do I need to travel to USA to get extension on H1B.

    many thanks.

    • You are eligible to get your H1B extended using cap exempt for 3 years from India itself. You need a valid visa to enter US, if you plan to enter after October 2018, you need to get a new visa stamping.

  20. My LCA says 56k with a Level1 wage for a software developer role in my area.
    However, I earn around 85k in my company. As per FLC data center my salary is a upper level2 wage, will my case be considered as a level1 application or a level2 application ?

    @admin Is there any reason why the attorneys would do such a thing (not file for a level2 LCA), its seems weird to me.

    • Prior to the recent RFE on Level I ,The employer always had level I wages for new employee ( First time H1B) , specially those who were not selected for client’s project. As even after approval the employers were not sure that the H1B employee will immediately placed on project and they will have to run payroll to avoid bench.
      Once on project , given good billing the salaries were being adjusted , New LCAs with level II filed and kept only for record as the project duration and employees performance were always in doubt

      As of now with position of a programmer analyst not being used , filling level II for software developer for new H1B is profitable for H1B employer ( small companies)

  21. As per FLC
    Your search returned the following: Print Format
    Area Code:27260
    Area Title:Jacksonville, FL MSA
    OES/SOC Code:15-1132
    OES/SOC Title:Software Developers, Applications
    Level 1 Wage:$30.50 hour – $63,440 year
    Level 2 Wage:$37.44 hour – $77,875 year
    Level 3 Wage:$44.39 hour – $92,331 year
    Level 4 Wage:$51.33 hour – $106,766 year
    Mean Wage (H-2B):$44.38 hour – $92,310 year

    Let say i get 75K is this level1 or level2 ? wanted to know the numbers given in FLC is max or min !!

  22. How is the Wage Level determined? Is it based on my wage or is it based on Prevailing wage?

    I do no see a my wage column in your screenshot.

    • Its determined based on which level your salary fits into. The levels are already pre- determined for a given job title and area of work. The Salary and wage level can be obtained from your LCA.

  23. Hello, I got a lower than minimum salary bc I searched the wrong area when I first got the offer (it’s very stupid I know).. Now I’m preparing to get H1B in 2018 but my current salary doesn’t satisfy the minimum in my area, what should I do? I can ask my employer to increase my compensation, but would that be too late? Any help would be great, thank you!!

  24. For Non h1b depend employer you can work for 20k$once your h1b is approved .Its better to do a degree in US and then you can get 3 years OPT have a great time and then manipulate the things get married bring your spouse make her work for another 20k $ for stay and lead a happy life.

  25. My employer filed the LCA as wage level 1 for last H1B petition which I lost the lottery of, but after searching in FLC wizard, I found out that I qualify for at least Level 3 wage in my area. Is there any advantage for the employer to select a lower wage level despite the fact that I qualify for a higher one?

    For the upcoming H1B petition, can our company file a new LCA with a higher wage level selected?

    • Well if you have read about the wage level qualification , then you should find out the prevailing wages of area where you will be working and see if your employer can offer you level III wages

      Most of the consulting companies select the wages keeping the billing rates they are getting for the consultants

      Billing rate low wage level selected low. The employer possibly can not pay more or even 10% less than the billing rate.

      Most of the employer have 30% margin

    • Well most of the employer file the wage levels not on the degree or experince but on following factors
      Is the employee working for their own inhouse long term projects
      The Rate they are getting for H1B employee work if working on clients project.( to work out their profit Margin and expenditure on H1B filing)
      How long the projects will run.( As as to calculate expenditure on Amendment filing
      What will be the Bench time in between the project when they will have to still run the payroll.
      It is not as easy as thought ( Keeping the business model)

  26. Got RFE one new H1B 2018. Employer has been asked to provide a new LCA based on Wage 2 lever which has been prepapproved before the petition was filed.
    Unfortunately employer does not have such LCA.
    Question is how can he defend that the beneficiary is good for wage 1 and what kind of response/document he can send aback to USCIS.

  27. For a new H1B petition for 2018, the case has been with a RFE for wage level 1 and asking for a wage 2 LCA and employer does not have an approved wage 2 LCA and he mentioned to withdraw the case.
    What is the best way for employer to defend that the wage 1 is the best for the case and what document he can send for responding a RFE ??

    • http://immigrationgirl.com/what-does-uscis-want-in-the-level-1-wage-rfe/

      This might help you.

      For wage level 1 RFE, providing a new LCA with wage level 2 may not be the right response. Rather they should justify the petition submitted. Please talk to the petitioner and ask them to justify it rather than withdrawing it.

  28. Hi

    I heard minimum wage for h1b visa is $60,000, but there are many incidents that the prevailing wage are much lower than $60,000 because of geographic location. I.e., $60k in CA is like nothing, but its decent amount in AZ.

    If that is the case, can someone who is getting paid $59,000/yr with level 3 prevailing wage apply for h1b visa?


    • 2 more questions.

      Is the minimum $60,000 wage only apply to h1b dependent employer?

      Also, If prevailing wage level 1 is $30000
      prevailing wage level 2 is $40000.

      Is $35,000 = level 1 or level 2 wage?

    • Minimum wage level varies depending on location of job, job title. We cant fix a specific amount for H1B. Depends on the position, title and location. As each location has a different minimum wage requirement for different jobs.

      • Hi

        But some place level 1 wage is 35000 and level 2 is 53000. Can you still apply h1b if it’s less than $60,000 for a non-h1b dependent employer?


          • May be the location/job title you have applied has much lesser minimum wage level. If the quoted salary is much lesser than the stipulated minimum wage level, you will be issued a RFE from USCIS.

  29. Thank you Redbus!

    My salary is higher than the prevailing wage level 2 published in 7/2016-6/2017, but lower than the newly published one (7/2017 – 6/2018), am I in trouble? Thanks

  30. Hi I have a question about the H1b. If I completed a JD this year and obtained my license, would it be possible for my relative’s company which is not a law firm to hire me? And would I only be eligible for a lawyer title? And which level would the prevailing wage be for me if I were to be retained as a lawyer by my relatives company? Thank you.

    • kyle,
      everything depends on the role the company plans to apply to and the credibility of the company. The prevailing wage depends on the location and you need to check for a particular location for that on department of labor website to get idea.

  31. Hi Saurabh,

    The prevailing wage for job code was 74K before july, 2017.
    Now it changed to 70K.

    This doesn’t make any sense, how is this possible ?

  32. Hi,

    I have a question related to LCA /short-term placement?

    I have LCA for client A in state A, but the client headquarters are in state B (more than 50 miles away). So I have to travel Monday(fly in to State B) – Thursday (fly back to state A), couple of weeks per month to work with teams in state B.

    Should my employer need to file LCA for state B location as well?

    or as I’ll be staying only 4 days per visit in non-LCA location of State B, will it be considered as short-term placement?

    • Kishore,

      You would be working from two locations – A and B. In that case, the LCA should cover both locations. Talk to your attorney about it.

  33. Hi, My Yearly wage is 48k and my location is Denver,CO
    My position is like require only 3 yrs working experience.
    Can i file H1B for the year 2017?

  34. The yearly Wage rate in my current LCA for my assignment in Newark, New Jersey shows $65,010. Whereas the yearly wage rate for my previous assignment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was $68,171 . The role is Computer Systems Analyst.
    Can you please provide clarification on this.

  35. Hi, My employer has mentioned LCA amount to $60000/year, when he filed my H1B last year. Now I have changed the client and state, my billing rate also get increased. So I have asked my employer to revise my annual salary officially to $100,000/year. He agreed for that orally.
    Anyway now my employer has to file an Amendment ,
    1)What is the official procedure to change my revised salary?
    2)How should I get confirmation officially from my employer on my revised salary? How can I make sure my employer will pay as per revised salary from this month onward?
    3)Does my employer has to put the revised salary figure ($100k) in new LCA during amendment to officially inform USCIS?
    4)What are all the documents should my employer/attorney has to send to USCIS for my Amendment?

  36. Hello,
    I am on H1 for 2 yrs in USA and having 8+ years exp and getting 74k in Los Angeles. I am looking for change my job so getting some offers like $50/hr for Texas without any benefits. Would you be good rate for my exp(.Net Developer). Can you please anyone suggest me.

  37. Hi…i came to US last year on H1B visa when the minimum wage for the job code and location was 70K. Now the same has been revised to 72K (per flc data center site).
    Should my employer revise my wages to 72K, or will they still keep paying 70K as that was the minimum wage when I joined?

    • Debu G,

      They are not required to unless job code or location changes. A good employer would still increase your salary to match what’s prevalent in the market w/o updating the LCA.

  38. Hello please urgent reply.
    I am on F1 visa completed my 1st Semester and earned total 16 credits . i am doing my MBA in finance from NEWYORK. I have an MBA degree from India. I am looking for sponsor who can ready to sponsor me H1b. if any one can help me in this? As i got married with a girl whose parents were against our marriage and they have screwed my life so finally feeling safe in US. if i get sponsor who can sponsor a visa can help me?? i have 3 years accounting experience and doing my MBA in Finance .

    • Jack,
      H1B quota for this year is complete. You will need to wait until next year April for sponsor and till October to work. Your option is to find a job at a school or non-profit entity that can sponsor you visa.

  39. Hi ,
    I have received an offer from a consultancy for H1b sponsorship, they are based in New Jersey. And based on clients/projects i might have to switch cities. They are offering $70k per annum + $5k as bonus.

    I have total 5 years of experience in Front End Technologies. Is this a good offer, what should be the average or actual figure??

    • Subhranshu Das,

      Are you single or married w/ or w/o kids? Do you know what will be your share of medical insurance payments? Do you know if this is fixed salary irrespective of your billing rate to the client? Do you get paid for holidays or vacations?

      • Hi Saurabh,

        1)I am single.
        2)I am getting 10 days of Annual Vacation paid leaves + 5 days of paid sick leave + floating paid holidays. Is that normal?
        3) I don’t know about my share of medical insurance payments. But they mentioned “shared pre-tax payroll deduction”. What is the normal percent.
        4) I didn’t ask about salary as per client billing rate. How does it goes normally.

        You can send me your mail id i can forward you other details as well.

        • Subhranshu Das,

          The expenses will be on lower side as you are single. Also you are getting a good vacation package. You can also check if there is a provision to carry forward the leaves or everything gets exhausted at the end of the year.

          Good employers cover up to 90% of the insurance cost. Medical insurance is expensive in US. If you remain healthy, its all good else you may end-up w/ huge bills. Ask them what will be your share of the premium and whats the basic structure of the offered insurance plan (co-pay, deductible, annual max etc)

          As for billing rate, its a double edged sword. If you work for a client where billing rate is low, your employer will still pay you 70K salary and you may be in a good position. However, if you are w/ a client where billing rate is high, then employer is keeping most of the profits made off you. To know whether it is beneficial or not, one needs to know what the client is really paying the employer, which may again vary.

          In addition, your taxes will depend upon the state/city you will be residing in. So take home salary and average expenses can’t be known before hand.

          Having said that, H-1B visa allows you to move around to different employer. If you are capable and don’t like current employer, you can always make the switch.

  40. Hi

    I am about to complete my 2 years in USA. I am working for the same employer for these 2 years. I heard once i completed 2 years in USA, then when i go for H1B visa extension then my LCA wages will change to the next level ? is this correct? At present i getting paid at level 2 wages , if i go for extension then will i get level 3 wages ?

    Can some one please update me is you have some information on my query.
    Thank you.

    • Sathish,
      H-1 extension can be filed at most 6 months prior to H-1 expiration date. So if you received H-1 797 for 3 years, then it can filed 6 months prior to that.

      When filing H-1, employer needs to file new LCA which will take into account prevailing wages for that job/role in that area. If it is more than what you were paid initially, then good for you.

  41. Hi All,
    I have below doubt regarding my lca.
    When my LCA was originally approved it has some amount mentioned in it, but a year later wages in that areas are revised and increased but I am getting paid with old lca rates. What are the rules around this situation is it mendetory to pay for employer on latest rates? And what are the options if employer denies to update the lca with new wedges.

  42. Hi All,
    I have a quick question on how salary/pay can be offered to different types of work visas. Ex: H1B employees must be paid the minimum prevailing wages. Does this mean they should be paid only on salary basis and not hourly? Similary what are the other type of work visas and how can they be paid… hourly / salaries… etc? and is there any prevailing wages to be considered for the other work visas?
    Please help….

  43. Hello guys,

    I have a quick question and would very badly need to know. Wud appreciate if anyone can help me with the answer..
    I work for Indian MNC but am in Canada right now under same employer and got h1b picked and approved now.
    I plan to go to India for stamping and go to US from India, I have option to get stamped in Canada and go to US from Canada.
    1) Manager said that if i get stamping done in Canada and go to US, I may get more salary in comparison to, if I do stamping in India and move to US.
    2) Friends say the salary already wud have submitted during H1b application filing and cannot be changed by employer mostly(unless manager wishes), so getting stamped from Canada or India will be same in terms of salary..

    Can anyone tell me what wud most be probably true and what is the best option for me?
    Thank you

    • Well, that is not true. Legally, they would have filed your H1B with LCA based minimum wage or whatever was offered to you. I dont know how stamping in different city will make difference to salary. I think your manager is just trying to tell you to go to Canada, as it is a perception that stamping is easier in Canada. If it is a large MNC, they would not do something like this. You should talk your immigration or HR department in company…

  44. 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

    • 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.

  45. 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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