H1B Wages Analyzer

Compare US H1B Wages Across Employers & Industries

Job Role*
Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers
Agricultural Workers
Air Transportation Workers
Animal Care and Service Workers
Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers
Art and Design Workers
Assemblers and Fabricators
Baggage Porters, Bellhops, and Concierges
Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers
Business Operations Specialists
Communications Equipment Operators
Computer Occupations
Construction Trades Workers
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
Counselors, Social Workers, and Other Community and Social Service Specialists
Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers
Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers
Extraction Workers
Financial Clerks
Financial Specialists
Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
First-Line Enlisted Military Supervisors
Fishing and Hunting Workers
Food and Beverage Serving Workers
Food Processing Workers
Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers
Funeral Service Workers
Grounds Maintenance Workers
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Health Technologists and Technicians
Helpers, Construction Trades
Information and Record Clerks
Law Enforcement Workers
Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers
Legal Support Workers
Librarians, Curators, and Archivists
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
Life Scientists
Material Moving Workers
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
Mathematical Science Occupations
Media and Communication Equipment Workers
Media and Communication Workers
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
Military Enlisted Tactical Operations and Air/Weapons Specialists and Crew Members
Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders
Motor Vehicle Operators
Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
Operations Specialties Managers
Other Construction and Related Workers
Other Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers
Other Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Other Healthcare Support Occupations
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Other Management Occupations
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
Other Personal Care and Service Workers
Other Production Occupations
Other Protective Service Workers
Other Sales and Related Workers
Other Teachers and Instructors
Other Transportation Workers
Personal Appearance Workers
Physical Scientists
Plant and System Operators
Postsecondary Teachers
Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers
Printing Workers
Rail Transportation Workers
Religious Workers
Retail Sales Workers
Sales Representatives, Services
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Social Scientists and Related Workers
Supervisors of Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Workers
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Supervisors of Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
Supervisors of Personal Care and Service Workers
Supervisors of Production Workers
Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
Top Executives
Tour and Travel Guides
Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Water Transportation Workers
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Did You Know or DYK Icon Did You Know? In 1891 Kansas was the first state to pass a "prevailing wage" for its own public works projects.

Did You Know or DYK Icon Did You Know? In 1931, Congress passed the Davis-Bacon Act after 14 earlier attempts, the Federal Prevailing Wage Law that remains in force, bar a few suspensions, to this day.

Did You Know or DYK Icon Did You Know? There are 32 states that have state prevailing wage laws, also known as "little Davis-Bacon Acts". The rules and regulations vary from state to state.

What is Prevailing Wage Rate?

The prevailing wage rate is defined as the average wage paid to similarly employed workers in a specific occupation in the area of intended employment. Prevailing wage may include both wages, benefits, and other payments such as apprenticeship and industry promotion. It encompasses the compensation for a worker given for performed labor.

According to Code of Federal Regulations, "The prevailing wage shall be the wage paid to the majority (more than 50 percent) of the laborers or mechanics in the classification on similar projects in the area during the period in question. If the same wage is not paid to a majority of those employed in the classification, the prevailing wage shall be the average of the wages paid, weighted by the total employed in the classification."

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires that the hiring of a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers comparably employed. To comply with the statute, the US Department of Labor’s regulations require that the wages offered to a foreign worker must be the prevailing wage rate for the occupational classification in the area of employment.

The requirement to pay prevailing wages as a minimum is true of most employment based visa programs involving the Department of Labor. In addition, the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs require the employer to pay the prevailing wage or the actual wage paid by the employer to workers with similar skills and qualifications, whichever is higher.

How do your US wages affect your quality of life and standard of living when you move to US from a developing country. A Case Study with India.

Moving to the US is a big leap if you move there to stay for a longer period of time (= or >3 years). It makes a big change on the standard of living as well as the quality of life.

This means that you start to compare your earning and expenditure and how to maintain it to get the maximum value out of it. You may think that if your earning has increased from what it was in your home country, the change in your life will be in the same ratio. The currency market exchange rate may not always be a good metric for comparison, however, you may get a better and a more realistic picture if you take Purchasing Power Parity or PPP into consideration.

Purchasing power parity conversion factor is the number of units of a country's currency required to buy the same amount of goods and services in the domestic market as a U.S. dollar would buy in the United States.

Here, we take an example of India and compare the prices of some items with the US in order to better understand PPP and affordability of certain things in both countries.

Suppose, a person A’s take-home salary (this is the salary left after paying all taxes) in the US is 75,000 USD per year i.e. 6250 USD per month.

The PPP conversion factor(2011-2015) for India is 0.3.

Taking the exchange rate, 1 USD = 67 INR as of August 2016, let’s do the math.

75,000 USD = 5,025,000 INR

Now, taking the PPP conversion factor into consideration, the salary A should earn in India to maintain the same standard as in US:

75,000 X 0.3 = 22,500 USD = 1,507,500 INR

Therefore, A’s monthly income will be 1,507,500/12 = 125,625 INR

So, in the Table below, we have compared prices of certain things in Phoenix, Arizona, US and New Delhi, India.

*All prices were collected from various sources for the year 2016. 1 gal. = 3.8 litres. 1 kg = 2.2 lbs.
Item Phoenix, AZ, US New Delhi, India
Basic Food Items
Milk $3.50/gal. Rs.250/gal.
Bread Loaf $2.00 Rs.30
Potatoes $2.00/five lbs. Rs.35/five lbs.
Household Items
Honda Accord $23,155 Rs.2,200,000
Int. Rate 3.2% p.a. 10% p.a.
Loan Duration 6 yrs. 6 yrs.
Monthly Inst. $366.65 Rs.40,757
Samsung 4K Ultra Smart 55" $900 Rs.200,000
Int. Rate 0% p.a. 0% p.a.
Loan Duration 2 yrs. 2 yrs.
Monthly Inst. $37.50/mo. Rs.8,333/mo.
Apartment Ownership
Size 1250 sq. ft. 1250 sq. ft.
Median Price/sq. ft. $163 Rs.8,245
Price $203,750 Rs.10,306,250
Int. Rate 3.92% p.a. 9.55% p.a.
Loan Duration 30 yrs. 30 yrs.
Monthly Inst. $963/mo. Rs.87,037/mo.
Eating Out
Dinner for 2 (Chili's): 2 Drinks + 1 Appetizer + 2 Entrees + 2 Desserts + Taxes $60 Rs. 3000

So, after this comparison we see that PPP comes in handy when you compare basic necessity items, but, if you move on to high end goods currency exchange rate gives you a more accurate price comparison.

E.g. If you buy a good car in India that is 0.3X the US price of Honda Accord, that would make up for a good standard of living in India, but you are not getting a Honda Accord for 0.3X price in India. The price of a Honda Accord in the US is a fraction of your annual income ($23,155 < $75,000/3), whereas, in India its price comes to even more than your annual income calculated using PPP (Rs.2,200,000 > Rs.1,507,500). We can say the same about owning an apartment.

This difference in affordability is what makes the change in the standard of living when you move to US from India. It might not be in the same ratio according to PPP or the current currency exchange rate, but certain amenities that are super affordable in the US might be hard to afford in India even at a comparable amount of income.

Top 10 Paying Job Roles for H1B in Engineering & Computers for FY 2012-2016
Job Role Median Wages
Petroleum Engineers 116,000 p.a.
Computer and Information Research Scientists 112,000 p.a.
Software Developers, Systems Software 97,000 p.a.
Computer Hardware Engineers 95,000 p.a.
Computer Network Architects 95,000 p.a.
Aerospace Engineers 91,894 p.a.
Software Developers, Applications 87,500 p.a.
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 86,404 p.a.
Chemical Engineers 86,000 p.a.
Nuclear Engineers 85,571 p.a.
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 85,051 p.a.
Median H1B Wages Trend in All Job Roles for FY 2012-2016
Year Median Wages
2012 67,100 p.a.
2013 70,000 p.a.
2014 70,200 p.a.
2015 71,614 p.a.
2016 79,154 p.a.
Median H1B Wages Trend in Engineering & Computers for FY 2012-2016
Year Median Wages
2012 69,000 p.a.
2013 70,000 p.a.
2014 71,000 p.a.
2015 72,000 p.a.
2016 78,957 p.a.
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