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Top 100 Jobs in US for Foreigners with Average Salaries

Recently we have tried to educate foreigners seeking work and permanent residency in the US as well as locals about the statistics surrounding Immigration including top visa sponsor company salaries, green card statistics, companies that sponsor green cards, locations in the US where foreigners are working, etc.

Today we want to look at the average salaries in 2013 for the various jobs certified by the Department of Labour via the ETA-9035e form. This is the form used mainly for the E-3 Visa, H-1B Visa, L-1 Visa and O-1 visa.

Below is the average salaries for the various professions around the US for foreigners. These LCA’s are for new, renewal, transfer and cap exempt visas. Typically about 3x as many LCAs are issued by the Department of Labor than visas issued. As you can see these are dominated by IT professions at the top where there is so much demand for foreign talent. Finance and Marketing are also in high demand as well reflecting where employers are finding it easier to find qualified foreign talent relative to the US local candidate supply.

These profession categories can be very broad and crossover with others in terms of job type and level. Ultimately it can provide a great directional idea about what jobs are available in the US for foreigners where employers are willing to sponsor and what the general salary level could be. It also should be noted that the salary levels for the same job will vary wildly depending on your location with places like New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area recording higher levels.

Occupation LCAs Certified Avg. Salary
Computer Systems Analysts 67,443 $74,078
Computer Programmers 53,266 $65,792
Software Developers, Applications 47,901 $91,715
Computer Occupations, All Other 22,088 $73,711
Software Developers, Systems Software 12,182 $100,581
Management Analysts 9,483 $85,290
Accountants and Auditors 9,087 $61,348
Financial Analysts 8,503 $94,609
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 6,909 $58,207
Mechanical Engineers 6,549 $76,987
Network and Computer Systems Administrators* 6,258 $72,580
Electrical Engineers 5,511 $86,407
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 5,370 $136,316
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 5,090 $94,563
Database Administrators 4,883 $74,455
Operations Research Analysts 4,780 $85,060
Physical Therapists 4,247 $66,745
Computer and Information Systems Managers 4,246 $121,560
Biochemists and Biophysicists 4,120 $53,850
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 4,066 $59,481
Industrial Engineers 3,459 $80,324
Civil Engineers 2,682 $74,164
Marketing Managers 2,666 $116,571
Biological Scientists, All Other 2,447 $53,445
Internists, General 2,336 $180,020
Computer Software Engineers, Applications 2,233 $93,304
Chemists 2,148 $61,326
Graphic Designers 2,125 $54,147
Business Operations Specialists, All Other* 2,061 $58,038
Statisticians 2,042 $81,602
Financial Managers 2,039 $133,916
General and Operations Managers 2,032 $116,293
Pharmacists 1,955 $115,519
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Care 1,709 $47,634
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Educati 1,686 $46,549
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and 1,537 $74,136
Sales Engineers 1,502 $93,632
Managers, All Other 1,469 $101,356
Biological Technicians 1,441 $39,394
Chemical Engineers 1,435 $87,313
Commercial and Industrial Designers 1,391 $59,219
Architectural and Engineering Managers 1,345 $133,936
Engineers, All Other 1,320 $74,565
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 1,295 $129,245
Lawyers 1,259 $151,704
Public Relations Specialists 1,210 $50,774
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 1,143 $52,115
Sales Managers 1,142 $103,611
Computer Hardware Engineers 1,129 $98,334
Occupational Therapists 1,082 $70,389
Medical and Health Services Managers 1,069 $75,567
Computer and Information Research Scientists 1,046 $106,513
Logisticians 1,039 $70,566
Physicists 1,023 $75,755
Family and General Practitioners 986 $174,800
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 964 $60,149
Computer Support Specialists 956 $58,207
Materials Engineers 936 $82,492
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Spe 929 $52,694
Chief Executives 899 $216,227
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 858 $115,783
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postseco 831 $61,273
Biomedical Engineers 822 $74,010
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 815 $80,261
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 803 $100,138
Life Scientists, All Other 795 $52,284
Materials Scientists 761 $68,147
Economists 752 $104,304
Dentists, General 728 $123,397
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 722 $65,050
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All 719 $67,631
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 716 $101,528
Microbiologists 685 $54,923
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, Al 648 $65,107
Multimedia Artists and Animators 613 $78,210
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers 611 $82,230
Instructional Coordinators 569 $51,289
Budget Analysts 568 $58,584
Registered Nurses 565 $64,259
Pediatricians, General 562 $151,010
Architectural and Civil Drafters 561 $47,361
Teachers and Instructors, All Other 558 $40,885
Actuaries 554 $92,003
Cost Estimators 554 $65,680
Fashion Designers 551 $69,944
Food Scientists and Technologists 549 $62,395
Credit Analysts 546 $74,193
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/ 545 $44,898
Advertising and Promotions Managers 528 $98,842
Soil and Plant Scientists 527 $54,003
Purchasing Managers 502 $89,533
Industrial Production Managers 497 $100,925
Petroleum Engineers 488 $122,990
Coaches and Scouts 486 $40,456
Environmental Engineers 464 $73,802
Editors 454 $55,674
Speech-Language Pathologists 451 $69,197
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarte 426 $52,079
Veterinarians 420 $75,066
Social Science Research Assistants 419 $44,552
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Getting A Job & US Visa Sponsorship Prospects

Whether you are looking at the L1 Visa, H1B Visa, E3 Visa, Other US Work Visas or even a J1 Visa Internship program, the US is not the place it was 12 months ago.
The 2nd ever H1B Visa Lottery had just completed and the first ever lottery for the Advanced Degree Exemption portion, as well as pretty much all the non traditional sectors of the economy spending and acting as normal.

However, today, in the US with the Unemployment rate almost at 10% which last occurred 30 years ago, it is has meant many immigrants have been laid off along with their US counterparts. Therefore as it stands today the H1B visa quota still has at least 20,000 visas remaining for FY2010 and the USCIS as far as we are aware made their first ever downward revision of the current total in the last few weeks by a couple of thousand.

If you then combine all this with the recent anti-foreign worker legislation introduced in the US Congress, it all seems to mean doom and gloom both for the potential foreign immigrant worker who is currently outside the US. This is also true for those here currently either already on a US work visa in uncertain times or even the F1 Student Visa immigrants who have just completed an undergraduate degree, masters degree or PHD program in the US.

Actually it was recently reported that at this same time in 2007 just following college graduation for students around the country, 50% of new US College graduates had jobs already. In 2009, this figure is only 20% of new US College graduates have jobs right now so you can imagine how much more difficult it is for the foreign graduates at US academic institutions.

So Amid All This Doom & Gloom In The US Economy What Are My Prospects?

Well the true answer is unknown BUT you should consider these points regardless of your intention to live, work or study in the US at the current time. As amid crisis there is always opportunity and companies like Apple, Intel, Microsoft, etc. (the modern global powerhouses) all started in the midst of deep economic recessions and bleak times. The set of circumstance you are facing as a foreigner right now if you look at it with a positive and optimistic outlook are also in your favor in such a way that may not happen again for at least a generation to come.

1. The fact that at mid year, the H1B visa total is unfilled and less foreigners are looking for jobs means that there is less competition for you in your US Job search. Given that most people on an H1B visa tend to be Asian and/or highly educated and work in the newer sectors of the economy is also beneficial given the unemployment rate for these groups are far lower than the National average and have been among the most resilient parts of the US economy. Additionally many US recent undergraduates are delaying enter the workforce and doing Masters programs meaning less competition from them as well.

2. While more US residents who have been laid off from work have either considered or are definitely gone back to Universities and Colleges around the country to do Masters programs combines recent US undergraduates meaning more competition for places at US Academic Institutions. At the same time, via the Obama Stimulus package, unprecedented amounts of money are flowing into the Education sector. Combined with many US students, particular older ones with families wanting more flexibility meaning Part Time study or utilizing the growing number of very large Online Universities like the University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Monroe, etc. means that there are still places available for willing foreigners.

3. If your intension is the J-1 visa the consider this. You will have more competition as a foreigned from US residents than in the past with less full time jobs available for them, however many US institutions at this time are turning to Internships as way to get good labor for lower cost. Usually interns don’t get benefits like Health Insurance, 401K, Paid Leave etc. so you can still negotiate some sort of living wage but this can be stepping stone for you to get a full time permanent position as you build your contacts, networks and reputation.

Look I am not saying the situation is perfect but as mention, history has taught us for thousands of years that great opportunities come out of turmoil so by being contrarian to everyone else, you could actually succeed and thus be even better placed when the Economy rebounds fully in the future. There are some early signs that the worst may be behind us as well, although we don’t want to predict prosperity just yet, but I am aware of people certainly finding it easier to get interviews and be hired than in the first few month of the year.

As Always Good Luck In Your Quest to Make Your Dreams Come True,
CJ

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